Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 45, Fresno State

Top 50 teams in 2018: No. 45, Fresno State

Coach: Jeff Tedford

2017 record: 10-4

Projected 2018 record: 9-3

Circle the date: Nov. 9 at Boise State

Bowl trip: Arizona

Why No. 45: In his first year with the Bulldogs, Tedford pulled off a minor miracle, going from double-digit losses to double-digits wins. He was the perfect hire for a program that had lost its way. ... Now, can he do it again? With 14 starters back, it seems like a strong “Yes.” The Bulldogs expect another big season from senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion, who transferred from Oregon State and threw 14 TD passes with just five picks. ... There is oodles of talent at receiver, none better than KeeSean Johnson, who went over 1,000 yards in 2017. ... The defense is led by the linebackers, especially top tackler Jeffrey Allison. The schedule includes nonconference games at Minnesota, at UCLA and home against Toledo. Don’t be surprised if Fresno State sweeps.

Last year’s ranking: N/A

Bob Asmussen