The national spotlight will be shining on Fresno State football when the Bulldogs take on their two toughest opponents of the season.
Fresno State’s Sept. 9 nonconference opener at Alabama will be aired on ESPN2.
And the Bulldogs’ Sept. 16 game at Washington will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
Both Alabama and Washington reached last season’s College Football Playoff, reserved for the top four teams in the country.
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Fresno State will face coach Nick Saban and Alabama, winners of 16 national championships, for the first time in school history on Sept. 9 from Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
The Bulldogs, coming off of a 1-11 season, will face coach Nick Saban and the vaunted Crimson Tide program for the first time in school history, with the kickoff at 12:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Alabama leads the nation with a record 16 national championships, with its most recent in 2015.
The following week, Fresno State plays coach Chris Petersen and Washington at 6:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium in Seattle.
New Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford worked last season as an offensive analyst under Petersen, the former Boise State coach who regularly was a roadblock to Fresno State success.
It’ll be the first meeting between the Bulldogs and Huskies since 2006 when Fresno State lost 21-20 after a critical game-tying extra point was blocked down the stretch.
Washington leads the all-time series 2-1.
In total for this upcoming season, Fresno State will have five games nationally televised. Additional announcements are expected from the Mountain West in June.
Fresno State’s other national games are:
Oct. 21: at San Diego State, CBS Sports Network (7:30 p.m. PT)
Nov. 4: BYU, An ESPN Network (TBA)
Nov. 25: Boise State, CBS Sports Network (12:30 p.m. PT)