Bob Asmussen counts down his top 50 college football teams this upcoming season.
No. 46: Fresno State
Coach: Tim DeRuyter
2013 record: 11-2
Projected 2014 record: 8-4
Circle the date: Oct. 17 at Boise State
Why No. 46: The Bulldogs were on their way to an undefeated season before a late-November loss to San Jose State. It didn’t get any better in the Las Vegas Bowl, where they lost to Southern Cal. Using the late stumbles as motivation, DeRuyter will have his team ready to go. And it will need to be with a late-August game at Southern Cal. DeRuyter will try to replace star quarterback Derek Carr with Duke transfer Brandon Connette. The defense should be improved with eight starters returning. The nonconference schedule is brutal with games against BCS schools Southern Cal, Utah and Nebraska.
No. 47: Penn State