Go Bulldogs! A nice win over Purdue shows that Fresno State is never an easy win, a pattern that has held for several years now. A pretty easy schedule awaits them up until a potentially intriguing matchup with Wyoming on October 7th.
Purdue isn't exactly a world-beater, but it's still a nice comeback win on the road for a Fresno State team that went 10-4 in 2022. For now, that's enough to get them to #23, but they'll need to keep up their winning ways to stick around. Good news: QB Mikey Keene was impressive in his first start, which bodes well for continuing the success that the Bulldogs had with Jake Haener.
The result: The Bulldogs took on Purdue in West Lafayette, winning 39-35. Fresno, coming off a MWC title, beat last years B1G West champs in their house behind a strong performance from Mikey Keene and WR Erik Brooks. They dominated TOP, 36:30 to 23:30, and picked off Purdue QB Hudson Card to ice the game late in the 4th.
The reasoning: Fresno has the 3rd longest active win streak in the FBS, is coming off a ranked finish last year and just beat one half of the Big 10s title game. They're a fun team to watch, Mikey Keene is quietly one of the best QBs in the G5, and Tedford has been a phenomenal G5 coach since he started at Fresno in 2017 (break notwithstanding). Look out for them to be a quiet dark horse for the G5 bowl rep.
Next up: Eastern Washington, followed by another P5 trip to Arizona State.