After going a stunning 12-2 a year ago following his eye-opening 10-4 debut season in 2017, things are clearly looking up for head coach Jeff Tedford and his Fresno State Bulldogs as they get set for the upcoming 2019 regular season. If you’re looking to find out just how many games the Bulldogs are going to win in 2019 in the hopes of cashing in big on their value-packed NCAAF win total odds in the online sportsbook, then you’ve come to the right place.
Thanks to the expert collegiate gridiron analysis and predictions that you’re about to get, you’re going to have a great idea of just how many games the Mountain West Conference hopefuls are going to win in 2019 and whether they’ll challenge for the national championship.
Now, let’s get down to business.
Fresno State Bulldogs 2019 Season Win / Loss Total Odds & Betting Prediction
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Ronnie Rivers (13)
- Rushing: Ronnie Rivers (743)
- Passing: Marcus McMaryion (3629)
- Receiving: KeeSean Johnson (1340)
- Interceptions: Josh Metellus (3)
Why Will Top Their Win Total Odds?
There are a handful of good reasons to back the Bulldogs to top their win total figure of eight victories. First, the Bulldogs are now used to winning under their underrated head coach. Fresno State went 10-4 in 2017 in Jeff Tedford’s first season and they were even more impressive in going 12-2 last season. The Bulldogs have won two straight Mountain West West Division title and two consecutive bowl games.
Then, there’s the fact that Fresno State has some talent and experience on the defensive side of the ball that could help carry the team early on while the offense finds its way. Middle linebacker Mykal Walker was an All-MW performer at defensive end a year ago. Defensive linemen Jasad Haynes and Kevin Atkins are experienced and talented and defensive backs Juju Hughes and Jaron Bryant have a combined 56 starts and nine interceptions between them.
Why Won’t Top Their Win Total Odds?
There are some good reasons to pick the Bulldogs to come up just short of topping their win total odds starting with the fact that Tedford will need to identify a new starting quarterback following the departure of former starter Marcus McMaryion. Backup Jorge Reyna performed well in mop-up duty a year ago and is expected to be the starter, but Tedford has no other quarterback on his roster that has ever attempted a pass in college.
Fresno State also has a new offensive coordinator in former offensive line coach Ryan Grubb, not to mention the fact that they have to find replacements for all three starting wide receivers on last year’s roster. Last but not least, there’s only one starter returning on the offensive line.
Fresno State could be looking at a pair of losses against USC and Minnesota to kick off their 2019 season and that just wouldn’t be very good for them. The Bulldogs also take in a Utah State team that won 11 games last season and two conference rivals that both won eight games (Hawaii and Nevada). Depending on what kind of play they get at quarterback, I’ve got the Bulldogs losing three games minimum and possibly for or even five.
I love the direction this program is headed in under Jeff Tedford and I believe Fresno State can go 9-3 during the regular season to narrowly top their win total odds, but keep in mind, the Bulldogs have a bunch of question marks and they could just as easily go 7-5. Still, I’m thinking the Dogs will be better later in the season than early on and that they’ll beat the teams they’re ‘supposed’ to in order to eke out nine wins.
Pick: 9 Wins