Fresno State is motoring right along, averaging 89.5 plays per game, which makes them one of the three fastest teams in the nation snap to snap. It is get it and go and that has its benefits, particularly when playing on the road, which they will do Saturday at San Diego State.
In racing up and down the field, the Bulldogs have also been much better this year than last at jumping out on opponents, getting a quick lead and, as was the case at Hawaii and at Idaho, minimizing what impact a crowd can have on a game.
"Our goal is to kill their momentum and make that crowd silent, so there's nothing better to do than just go out there on that first drive and score,'' receiver Isaiah Burse said. "That shuts everybody up and that way we have the game in our hands, we control it."
With quarterback Derek Carr at the controls, the Bulldogs have scored on their first possession in all six of their games including five touchdowns, going 74 yards against Rutgers, 58 against Boise State, 53 at Hawaii, 81 at Idaho and 75 against UNLV before ending up in the end zone.
A year ago they scored with their first shot only four times in 13 games and went through a four-game stretch where they were three-and-out every time, three of those games on the road.
In three other games, the Bulldogs managed one first down before punting away the football.
"It all comes down to experience, right?" offensive coordinator Dave Schramm said. "Football is like riding a bike or anything else, you get better with experience. We're getting better. We still have a way to go, but the guys understand the tempos, they understand why we make the adjustments we make.
"I think even toward the end of last year, guys are just running plays and not quite understanding the concepts of what we're trying to do and why we do it and why we run certain routes to set up other routes and why we run certain run plays to set up some of the quick throws to set up some of the deep throws. It all ties together and the more they're in it, the more they understand it."
That starts with Carr, who in the first quarter of games this season has completed 70.3% of his passes (64 of 91) for 825 yards and has a passing efficiency rating of 171.86 -- his highest in any quarter.
But the offensive line, the backs and receivers all are better playing at a better tempo, getting to the line of scrimmage and executing play after play and stressing defenses. And it has made a difference -- Fresno State has outscored its opponents 83-20 in the first quarter, 175-56 in the first half.
"They've got to do either one of two things," Schramm said. "They have to sell out, which is probably what we'll see this weekend, or they have to vanilla-up and keep it in front of them.
"It's allowed our guys to understand that's an advantage for us. They can't disguise coverages. They can't substitute. If teams want a nickel package, they can't get those on the field if we're lined up over the football. I think it's just them seeing it happen over time and buying in more and more, not that they didn't buy in last year, I just don't think they understood the positives that it could give us."
Against San Diego State, the Bulldogs will face a defense that is allowing 32.7 points per game and has been a vulnerable early in games. The Aztecs have given up 59 points in the opening 15 minutes of their games, the most they have allowed in any quarter.
It will be up to Carr and the Bulldogs to keep pushing, but, now, in a second year in their up-tempo spread offense, that is just what they do.
"We're a talented team, everybody has bought in," Burse said. "There's no reason we shouldn't do it. We know we can and as long as we know that we can go out there and do it. We've done it so many times, it's just trying to stay consistent and keep our record clean and undefeated."