Fresno State Game Factors

Fresno State has the most wins against Pac-10 teams of any school since 1980, but the Bulldogs have never beaten UCLA in the Rose Bowl. FSU will travel close to 20,000 miles as a road team for the 2008 season...

-- The Fresno State Bulldogs come to the Rose Bowl Saturday to take on UCLA at 12:30. The game will be televised regionally by ABC, with Terry Gannon and David Norrie calling the action.

-- Fresno State is ranked #24 by USA Today/ESPN and #25 by AP.

-- The Bulldogs are currently 2-1, beating Rutgers in New Jersey, 24-7; losing to then #10-ranked Wisconsin 13-10 in Fresno; and then winning at Toledo in a wild one, 55-54, in a game that went into overtime.

-- This will be the eighth meeting between the UCLA and Fresno State in football, with UCLA leading 6-1 in the series, which dates back to 1927. The last meeting was FSU's first win against UCLA, with the Bulldogs besting the Bruins in the 2003 Sillicon Valley Bowl, 17-9.

-- UCLA has never lost to Fresno State at the Rose Bowl.

-- Fresno State has done increasingly better against the Pac-10 in recent years. In its last 12 match-ups with Pac-10 teams, it's 5-7. Since 1980, the Bulldogs are 18-21 against the Pac-10, with all but nine of those games being on the road. In that time, no other program in the country has more wins against the Pac-10.

-- Fresno State will play seven road games in the 2008 season, and travel 18,000 miles, more than any mainland team.

-- Since 2000, Fresno State's 13 wins against BCS conference programs are the second-most in the nation.

-- FSU is coached by Pat Hill, currently in his 12th season as the Bulldog's head coach. His overall record is 87-56, posting only two losing seasons in that time while winning 9 or more games five times. Hill's name has been mentioned in the past for various open head coaching positions, but he has stayed put at Fresno State. He has recruited well, getting a good number of NFL players to come play for him at FSU, like the overall #1 pick in the 2002 NFL draft, quarterback David Carr. He has also helped to launch the careers of some pretty big-named coaches, such as Cal's Jeff Tedford and the Oakland Raiders' Lane Kiffin.

-- The green "V" on the helmets of Fresno State's players stands for "valley," representing the Central Valley of California.

-- UCLA is a young team, having played 11 true freshmen so far this season. In addition to those seven, 10 other Bruins saw the first action of their career.

-- UCLA has won six of its last seven home games against opponents ranked in the AP top 25.

-- Pat Hill has said he's expecting 20,000 to 25,000 Bulldog fans at the Rose Bowl Saturday.

-- UCLA has advertised the game in the Fresno area, trying to compel Fresno State fans to make the trip south Saturday.

-- The 10 points UCLA scored in its last two games is the lowest two-game total for the Bruins since 1999.

-- The weather forecast calls for it to cool down a bit in the Southland by Saturday. The projection is for 86 degrees in Pasadena.


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