Has the euphoria worn off? Good, because it's time for a few sobering thoughts about the Fresno State football team.
What's most glaring is that the Bulldogs are extremely fortunate to be 3-0, a record built on two one-point victories. Friday night's 41-40 squeaker over Boise State might not rate as high on the Luck-o-Meter as the 52-51 overtime escape from Rutgers — the Broncos didn't miss a last-second field goal — but there still was some seriously good juju.
How else can you explain a coach as smart as Chris Petersen going for 2 (on a swinging gate, a la John Baxter) with Boise State down 17-16? If he just kicks the extra point, the Bulldogs and Broncos might've played till everyone watching back East was sound asleep.
"It was wide open," he said.
It was also widely unnecessary. So he gets a 1-point lead with 9:05 left in the second quarter? Big deal. The Broncos chased that point the rest of the game.
Certainly the big picture looks pretty rosy. Fresno State is undefeated and through the toughest part of the schedule.
When the new coaches' poll comes out today, the Bulldogs will probably move up a spot from No. 25. Rutgers' big comeback over mid-tier SEC team Arkansas adds credibility by association.
Derek Carr gets a well-deserved Heisman Trophy campaign, and the dream season envisioned by so many fans takes a giant step forward.
So how come I have this uneasy feeling everything isn't as wonderful as it seems?
If we've learned anything from the Boise State and Rutgers games (yes, still ignoring Cal Poly), it's that these Bulldogs are resilient. When things get tight, they toughen. That's a good trait to have.
Good thing, too, because resiliency and all those points and yards Carr and his receiving corps pile up are masking some glaring flaws.
Number one, this team cannot run the ball. Yes, I'm aware Josh Quezada scored the winning touchdown Friday on a 1-yard run with 2:14 to go. But on that play Boise State was doubling up on the outside, more concerned with Davante Adams & Co than anything the Bulldogs could do on the ground.
Earlier when Fresno State got close to the goal line and needed to punch in a touchdown, Quezada and Malique Micenheimer got stuffed. The offensive line, very good in pass protection, provided no push.
Number two, shaky defense. Yes, the defense was on the field for the clinching play in both games. Just don't overlook all the points and yards they allowed before that. Remember, Boise State scored six points on the road at Washington.
Third, kick coverage. The Bulldogs' first kickoff of the season got returned for a touchdown, and things haven't improved much. Nice form tackle by freshman kicker Colin McGuire on the Broncos' 58-yard return, but it should never come to that.
Looking ahead to Fresno State's next several opponents, all against weak sisters, you might be wondering whether those flaws even matter.
It's exactly why they do.
If Quezada rushes for 150 yards against Hawaii next Saturday, does that mean the run game is suddenly fixed?
If Idaho only scores 10 in a couple of weeks, does that mean the defense is back to 2012 level?
That's the problem when you're facing Hawaii, Idaho and UNLV. Heck, throw in San Diego State, which showed its first signs of life.
The Bulldogs probably are good enough to beat those teams without a running game, without playing stout defense and without covering kicks. They can keep racking up wins, and everything will seem all hunky-dory.
It might not be until Nov. 9 at Wyoming, Nov. 29 at San Jose State or even the Mountain West Conference championship. But some team is going to expose those flaws and leave them flapping in the breeze.
This is Fresno State's primary challenge over the next few weeks. Keep winning, yes, but also keep improving. Against weaker competition, it's tough to be sure.
I'm pretty certain coach Tim DeRuyter knows this. That's why he says things at news conferences like, "We haven't accomplished anything yet. We are just 1-0 in league."
It's up to the players to believe it, too. They must take that message to heart and continue to apply themselves in practice while ignoring the hoopla that's sure to grow as the Bulldogs keep winning.
Otherwise, this season is going to end someplace else besides the BCS.
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