September 15, 2010

Fresno State vs Utah State preview

Fresno State will look to improve on its running performance form the first game and hope that their passing game remains the same as they travel to Logan Utah to take on the Aggies of Utah State. Fresno State also the Bulldogs hope their defense led by Logan Harrell and Chris Carter will keep stepping up and play like they did vs. Cincinnati.

Offense:

Fresno State:Fresno State will be without senior wide recover Devon Wylie who suffered a foot injury three days into fall camp and aggravated it in the Cincy game. He will be out of action indefinitely. Also the 'Dogs will be without Robbie Rouse who has nagging ankle and shoulder injuries. So look for Tracy Slocum to be the starter in this weeks' game vs. the Aggies. Ryan Colburn will have to lead the offense and have another game like he did in the season opener where he went 18-24 for 247 yards and four touchdowns. Freshman Jalen Saunders will get a lot of playing time replacing Wylie along with Jamel Hamler and Rashad Evans both who caught touchdown passes in the opener. Offensively Fresno State will need to get its running game going to keep the ball out of the hands of Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel. Fresno State had only 80 yards rushing last game.

Utah State: The Aggies offense is revolved around one player Diondre Borel. Borel who is known for his scrambling ability has also shown his throwing ability so far during the first two games. He is 38-62 for 596 yards and five touchdowns so far. Borel had 331 yards passing vs. Oklahoma in a game that saw Utah State come up seven points short. Even though Borel has only 14 yards rushing so far don't be surprised if you see him take advantage of the Bulldogs with his legs Saturday.

Defense:

Fresno State:The Bulldogs will be tested as they go up against one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Borel who is known for his scrambling ability will need to be contained in order for Fresno State to have a chance. He is the key to the Aggie offense and slowing him down will be the key. If Chris Carter who had two sacks vs. Cincinnati and Logan Harrell who had four Sacks can play the way they did in the opener, they will be able to slow down the Aggies offense. The secondary will have to continue to play well as they may need to wrap up wide receiver Dontel Watkins who has nine receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown so far this season.

Utah State: Defensively the Aggies will need to stop Ryan Colburn who showed off his arm vs. Cincinnati. He threw four touchdown passes and made very good decisions when he was pressured. Another year older Colburn has shown that his experience is making for good play. Even though Devon Wylie is out, look for Colburn to connect with Jamel Hamelr and Rashad Evans during the game. Utah State will have to also stop the Fresno State running game which may be more prudent in this game. Coach Pat Hill has been working on the running game over the past week to make sure that it gets back to Bulldog standards. Look for Tracy Slocum, Michael Harris, and A.J. Ellis to have big games in replacing Robbie Rouse Saturday.

Special Teams:

Fresno State: the Bulldogs was unable to show off its special teams in their season opener. They never had a shot to return a punt and their kick returns were M.I.A. Look for Fresno States Special Teams to step up in this game.

Utah State: Kerwynn Williams may have to have some special plays on Punt and Kick returns if the Aggies want to beat Fresno State. Look for him to try and make guys miss. Williams has seven returns for 201 yards so far and has a long of 70 yards.

Other:

Fresno State is 10-14-1 all time at Utah State. The last few times these teams have got together it has been a nail biters. Two years ago in Logan Kevin Goessling hit a Fresno State Record 58 yard field goal as time expired to give the Bulldogs a 30-28 victory. Last year Fresno State came from behind at Bulldog stadium to beat the Aggies 31-27 in a hard fought game that saw Diondre Borel run all over the Bulldogs defense. Look for another Nail biter as Utah State has improved over the last three seasons and Fresno State may be overlooking the Aggies as the head to Ole Miss on September 25th.



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