2017 Fresno State Bulldogs football team

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2017 Fresno State Bulldogs football
Fresno State wordmark.png
MW West Division champion
Hawaii Bowl champion
Hawaii Bowl, W 33–27 vs. Houston
Conference Mountain West Conference
Division West Division
2017 record 10–4 (7–1 MW)
Head coach Jeff Tedford (1st season)
Offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer (1st season)
Offensive scheme Pro-style
Defensive coordinator Orlondo Steinauer (1st season)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Bulldog Stadium
(Capacity: 41,031)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Mountain West football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Mountain Division
No. 22 Boise State xy$   7 1         11 3  
Colorado State   5 3         7 6  
Wyoming   5 3         8 5  
Utah State   4 4         6 7  
Air Force   4 4         5 7  
New Mexico   1 7         3 9  
West Division
Fresno State xy   7 1         10 4  
San Diego State   6 2         10 3  
UNLV   4 4         5 7  
Nevada   3 5         3 9  
Hawaii   1 7         3 9  
San Jose State   1 7         2 11  
Championship: Boise State 17, Fresno State 14
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017 Fresno State Bulldogs football team represented California State University, Fresno in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs were led by first-year head coach Jeff Tedford and played their home games at Bulldog Stadium as a member of the Mountain West Conference in the West Division. They finished the season 10–4, 7–1 in Mountain West play to win the West Division. They lost to Mountain Division champion Boise State in the Mountain West Championship Game. They were invited to the Hawaii Bowl where they defeated Houston. They became only the second team in college football history to win ten games the year after they lost ten or more games (1–11 in 2016).

Personnel[edit]

Position key[edit]

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruiting class[edit]

The Bulldogs signed a total of 23 recruits.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 7:00 p.m. Incarnate Word* Bulldog StadiumFresno, CA W 66–0   39,447
September 9 12:30 p.m. at No. 1 Alabama* Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL ESPN2 L 10–41   101,127
September 16 6:30 p.m. at No. 6 Washington* Husky StadiumSeattle, WA P12N L 16–48   68,384
September 30 7:00 p.m. Nevada Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA ATTSNRM W 41–21   27,434
October 7 4:30 p.m. at San Jose State CEFCU StadiumSan Jose, CA (Valley Cup) ESPN3 W 27–10   18,483
October 14 7:00 p.m. New Mexicodagger Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA ATTSNRM W 38–0   28,090
October 21 7:30 p.m. at San Diego State SDCCU StadiumSan Diego, CA (Battle for the Oil Can) CBSSN W 27–3   43,243
October 28 7:00 p.m. UNLV Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA ATTSNRM L 16–26   27,922
November 4 7:45 p.m. BYU* Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA ESPN2 W 20–13   29,370
November 11 8:00 p.m. at Hawaii Aloha StadiumHonolulu, HI (Golden Screwdriver) KSEE/Spectrum OC16 W 31–21   21,357
November 18 11:00 a.m. at Wyoming War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY ATTSNRM W 13–7   15,440
November 25 12:30 p.m. No. 25 Boise State Bulldog Stadium • Fresno, CA (Battle for the Milk Can) CBSSN W 28–17   31,526
December 2 4:45 p.m. at Boise State No. 25 Albertsons StadiumBoise, ID (MW Championship Game) ESPN L 14–17   24,515
December 24 5:30 p.m. vs. Houston* Aloha Stadium • Honolulu, HI (Hawaii Bowl) ESPN W 33–27   20,546
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Pacific Time.

Schedule Source: 2017 Fresno State Bulldogs Football Schedule

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV 25 RV RV 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR 25 NR Not released

Game summaries[edit]

Incarnate Word[edit]

Incarnate Word at Fresno State
1 234Total
Cardinals 0 000 0
Bulldogs 17 17320 66
  • Date: September 2, 2017
  • Location: Bulldog Stadium
    Fresno, CA
  • Game start: 7:06 p.m. PDT
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 1 minute
  • Game attendance: 39,447
  • Game weather: Temperature: 102 °F (39 °C) • Weather: Fair • Wind: NW 6 MPH
  • Referee: Mike Cuttone
  • TV announcers (None): None
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Alabama[edit]

Fresno State at Alabama
1 234Total
Bulldogs 3 007 10
No. 1 Crimson Tide 14 14310 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Washington[edit]

Fresno State at Washington
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 763 16
No. 6 Huskies 27 1470 48
  • Date: September 16, 2017
  • Location: Husky Stadium
    Seattle, WA
  • Game start: 6:40 p.m. PDT
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 6 minutes
  • Game attendance: 68,384
  • Game weather: Temperature: 76 °F (24 °C) • Weather: Hazy • Wind: None
  • Referee: Michael Mothershed
  • TV announcers (P12N): Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth and Jill Savage (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2006 WASH, 21–20

Nevada[edit]

Nevada at Fresno State
1 234Total
Wolf Pack 0 1407 21
Bulldogs 10 2173 41
  • Date: September 30, 2017
  • Location: Bulldog Stadium
    Fresno, CA
  • Game start: 7:08 p.m. PDT
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 12 minutes
  • Game attendance: 27,434
  • Game weather: Temperature: 79 °F (26 °C) • Weather: Clear • Wind: 11 WNW
  • Referee: David Alvarez
  • TV announcers (ATTSNRM/Stadium): Ari Wolfe, Sherdrick Bonner and Brad Thompson (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–20–1 2016 NEV, 27–22

at San Jose State[edit]

Fresno State at San Jose State
(Valley Cup)
1 234Total
Bulldogs 14 706 27
Spartans 0 073 10
  • Date: October 7, 2017
  • Location: CEFCU Stadium
    San Jose, CA
  • Game start: 4:36 p.m. PDT
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Game attendance: 18,483
  • Game weather: Temperature: 82 °F (28 °C) • Weather: Clear • Wind: WNW 12 MPH
  • Referee: Scott Campbell
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Drew Fellios and Forrest Conoly
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–37–3 2016 SJSU, 16–14

New Mexico[edit]

New Mexico at Fresno State
1 234Total
Lobos 0 000 0
Bulldogs 14 7107 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–4 2014 FRES, 35–24

at San Diego State[edit]

Fresno State at San Diego State
(Battle for the Oil Can)
1 234Total
Bulldogs 7 10100 27
Aztecs 0 300 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–29–4 2016 SDSU, 17–3

UNLV[edit]

UNLV at Fresno State
1 234Total
Rebels 3 6710 26
Bulldogs 9 070 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–6 2016 UNLV, 45–20

BYU[edit]

BYU at Fresno State
1 234Total
Cougars 0 670 13
Bulldogs 10 037 20
  • Date: November 4, 2017
  • Location: Bulldog Stadium
    Fresno, CA
  • Game start: 7:51 p.m. PDT
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 10 minutes
  • Game attendance: 29,370
  • Game weather: Temperature: 62 °F (17 °C) • Weather: Cloudy • Wind: NW 3 MPH
  • Referee: Reggie Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Roy Philpott and Tom Ramsey
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–5 2015 BYU, 52–10

at Hawaii[edit]

Fresno State at Hawaii
(Golden Screwdriver)
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 21100 31
Rainbow Warriors 7 0014 21
  • Date: November 11, 2017
  • Location: Aloha Stadium
    Honolulu, HI
  • Game start: 8:07 p.m. PST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 50 minutes
  • Game attendance: 21,357
  • Game weather: Temperature: 76 °F (24 °C) • Weather: 84% Humidity and Rain • Wind: NE 8 MPH
  • Referee: Mike VanderVelde
  • TV announcers (KSEE/Spectrum OC16): Robert Kekaula, Rich Miano and Scott Robbs (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–22–1 2016 HAW, 14–13

at Wyoming[edit]

Fresno State at Wyoming
1 234Total
Bulldogs 3 730 13
Cowboys 0 007 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–5 2014 WYO, 45–17

Boise State[edit]

Boise State at Fresno State
(Battle for the Milk Can)
1 234Total
No. 25 Broncos 7 037 17
Bulldogs 7 3612 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–13 2014 BSU, 28–14

at Boise State (Mountain West Championship Game)[edit]

Fresno State at Boise State
(Mountain West Conference Championship Game)
1 234Total
No. 25 Bulldogs 0 1400 14
Broncos 3 707 17
  • Date: December 2, 2017
  • Location: Albertsons Stadium
    Boise, ID
  • Game start: 4:50 p.m. PST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 27 minutes
  • Game attendance: 24,515
  • Game weather: Temperature: 40 °F (4 °C) • Weather: Cloudy • Wind: E 4 MPH
  • Referee: David Alvarez
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Adam Amin, Dusty Dvoracek and Molly McGrath (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–13 11/25/2017 FRES, 28–17

vs Houston (Hawaii Bowl)[edit]

Fresno State vs Houston
(Hawaii Bowl)
1 234Total
Bulldogs 0 13713 33
Cougars 7 3107 27
  • Date: December 24, 2017
  • Location: Aloha Stadium
    Honolulu, HI
  • Game start: 5:36 p.m. PST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 41 minutes
  • Game attendance: 20,546
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Weather: Humidity – 45% • Wind: NE 13 MPH
  • Referee: Jason Autrey
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Cotter, Rod Gilmore and Shelley Smith (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

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