1. Don't expect Fresno State to imitate the baseball team: That would be winning a national championship. Football
Fresno would settle for a BCS bowl. Again, not likely. Fresno gets orange juice only if it can win at Rutgers and
UCLA and beat Wisconsin at home. That's for starters. The Bulldogs also have to go to Toledo and Boise State.
They start the season ranked on the fringes of the top 25. It's hard to believe Fresno hasn't won an outright
conference title since 1989. This is Pat Hill's best team in years and the Bulldogs will be favored to win the WAC.
But it won't be good enough to get to the Orange Bowl.
2. The team formerly known as Hawaii will drop off your radar: Colt Brennan and all his best receivers are gone. So
is the coach (June Jones) who made it all happen. Quarterback Tyler Graunke faced academic problems early on. Oh
yeah, and the Warriors start the season like they ended it -- in the belly of the SEC beast (August 30 at Florida).
3. Dead: That's what San Jose State football was before Dick Tomey took over in 2005. Since then the program has won 17 games and gone to a bowl. Three BCS conference transfers will help the Spartans challenge for a second bowl in
four years. Cal transfer Kyle Reed will be in the fight at quarterback. Former Parade All-American and USC player
Jeff Schweiger will do the same at defensive end. Corner Koye Francies comes over from Oregon State.
4. Vanderbilt is no New Mexico State: If you think the Commodores are having a tough time going to a bowl (its last
was in 1982), check out the Aggies who haven't been to the postseason since 1960. That's the longest bowl drought in the country. Hal Mumme -- remember him? -- has 16 returning starters including productive quarterback Chase
5. The Louisiana Tech coach would have to fire himself: That's theoretically the case in Ruston, La. where coach
Derek Dooley is also the AD. Vince Dooley's son raised hopes in his first season guiding the Bulldogs to a 5-7
record. The quarterback situation is especially interesting with Auburn transfer Steve Ensminger and Georgia Tech
transfer Taylor Bennett battling with holdover Ross Martin.