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No. 91: Fresno State

The Mountain West beckons. Fresno State will make the move without Pat Hill, whose once-decorated tenure jumped the shark on Nov. 19, 2005 — U.S.C. 50, Fresno 42 — and never recovered. It was the defense that left town that evening; careful searching over the years since yielded no proof of life, and it was this defensive swoon that led Fresno to hire former Texas A&M interim head coach Tim DeRuyter as Hill’s replacement. What does DeRuyter bring to the table? Consider the two issues the Bulldogs must confront come September: this abysmal defense and the program’s new conference affiliation. DeRuyter tackles both concerns in one fell swoop, thanks not just to his defensive pedigree but also with his stops in the M.W.C. along the road to the Valley. In specific, DeRuyter has worked defensive wonders at Nevada and Air Force, the former a once-and-future conference rival and the latter one of the many new impediments the Bulldogs will face as a member of the Mountain West.
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    10 Non-B.C.S. Quarterbacks on the Rise

    We might not have known it at the time, or even considered the possibility, but we may have just witnessed the greatest era for non-B.C.S. conference quarterbacks in college football history. Think back to 2007, when Colt Brennan set a handful of N.C.A.A. records en route to a trip to Manhattan for the Heisman ceremony. Since 2008, Kellen Moore and Case Keenum have gone toe-to-toe in the record books, with Keenum winning the battle — most career touchdowns, completions and passing yards — but Moore winning the war, posting the most wins by a quarterback in F.B.S. history. And there have been others who slid under the radar, thanks to one reason or another: Dan LeFevour, Chase Clement, Paul Smith, David Johnson and Max Hall, among others. Has there ever been a better age for non-B.C.S. conference quarterbacks?

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      No. 63: Fresno State

      Of all the developments that have occurred in Fresno since the end of another eight-win season, it’s funny to think that the biggest change may be found right under the program’s feet: turf. As in field turf, as in a new playing surface at Bulldog Stadium, where the Bulldogs have used natural grass since the stadium’s construction in 1980. So what’s the big difference between grass and turf? Well, to paraphrase Tug McGraw, I’ve never smoked turf. But I can say that the number of injuries various Bulldogs have suffered over the years thanks to a poor playing surface surely was the impetus behind this move. Fresno State hopes that the change from grass to turf removes the dangling specter of various tweaks and sprains and yields a far healthier team, one that can take home not just the WAC in 2011 but also the Mountain West in 2012 and beyond.

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        The Countdown

        A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.