1. The Past
The ‘Dogs stunk up the field at Candlestick, then played hard, inspired football at Lincoln, stunk it up again at home versus North Dakota and played magnificently in the Kibbie Hanger, in Moscow, Idaho. It has, in other words, been a roller coaster, a Jekyll & Hyde, totally unpredictable performance, thus far into the season. Saturday night was more of the same.
2. The Present
On Saturday night, the offense played pretty well. The defense, at least in the fourth quarter, gave off a foul odor. Unfortunately, it is a familiar aroma. The sickening stench of dead fish. Day-old diapers.
You get the idea.
The Bulldogs D gave up big plays like a scared banker at gunpoint. "Here, take all the yardage, completions and touchdowns you want, only puhleeeeze don't hurt us...." Whimper. Sniff. Whine. I hate to say it, but the Bulldogs D looked intimidated and... like they were owned, in the fourth.
"Oh, but they are so big and muscular and athletic, those cellar-dwellers from the SEC...." What a load of crap. What the hell was Nebraska? A bunch of pantywaist sissies? And what about the Bulldogs, themselves?
There are several NFL players on this team, aren't there? The truth of the matter is this. The Fresno State defense played reasonably well, for the first half and most of the 3rd quarter. Then, it just looked like the ‘Dogs gave up in the 4th. They laid down and stopped giving their best effort. Threw in the towel and let the Rebels have 11 unanswered points. Game over. The ‘Dogs are 2-3.
3. The Immediate Future
Ugly. Boise is licking its chops heading into Bulldog Stadium. They are used to the Bulldogs giving up. What have they scored? 110 points in their last two games against Fresno? Something like that. And then Fresno State gets to play Utah State, Hawaii and Nevada.
San Diego State at the end. (Oh, and by the way, San Jose State woke up and actually beat Colorado State – okay, not a strong team, but they did win on the road...) And Louisiana Tech always gets pumped to play Fresno State.
This year could get very, very ugly. At least five losses are highly probable. Nine losses? Possible. Beating Boise and Hawaii...? Not going to happen. Remember, the ‘Dogs have to win six out of the next eight games to finish with five losses. Can't see that happening. Not with this defense. Sorry. 6-7, or maybe 5-8 is more like it. Like I said. Ugly.
4. Game Ball?
Jalen Saunders. Awesome. Runner up? Derek Carr.
Not looking forward to Friday. Hope all the doom and gloom in this column is proven wrong. I would be delighted to eat crow. Don't bet the entire ranch on it.
Redroadster is highly regarded attorney in the Central Valley, a loyal Bulldog fan, and a regular poster/contributor on BarkBoard.com. Check in time to time for his take on games and other Bulldog athletic events in his View from the Roadster.
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