Fresno State 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

Fresno State 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction Photo by Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Fresno State Bulldogs Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Fresno State: O/U 6.0 Wins -- Title Odds:

The Fresno State Bulldogs will be looking to work their way up the Mountain West standings in 2020.  Fresno State finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (4-8), while going (2-6) in Mountain West play.  The offense averaged 30 points per contest, which ranked 58th at the FBS level.  The defense allowed an average of 30.1 per game.  The program is under the direction of Ken DeBoer.  DeBoer takes over for Jeff Tedford.  

The offense was paced by quarterback Jorge Reyna.  Reyna passed for 2,655 yards, while throwing 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.  However, Reyna was a senior last season and the coaching staff will be looking to fill the void.  Ben Wooldridge looks to have a shot at the open spot, as he passed for 30 yards and 1 touchdown.  Running back Ronnie Rivers is back for Fresno State for the 2020 campaign.  Rivers rushed for 8999 yards and 13 scores as a junior.  Wideout Zane Pope will also return, after having a team high 529 yards receiving via 47 receptions.  

As a team the defense collected 19 sacks, while forcing 22 turnovers.  The defense struggled to keep teams off the scoreboard, but did force key turnovers at times.  The defense was led by linebacker Justin Rice.  Rice had a team high 112 tackles, while also contributing 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. Rice returns for his senior season. Defensive tackle Kevin Atkins recorded a team best 5 sacks, while adding 31 tackles.  Atkins will be entering his senior season.  The secondary did lose safety Juju Hughes.  Hughes had 8 pass break ups and 2 interceptions, but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Rams.  Jaron Bryant was also a senior, as he had 8 pass break ups and 1 interception.  The secondary does return Wylan Free.  Free looks to up his level of play during his junior season, since there were a few departures.  Free totaled 2 pass break ups and 2 interceptions during 2019. 

Let us take a look at the Fresno State schedule for the 2020 season.

Sept. 5 Idaho State

Sept. 12 at Colorado

Sept. 26 Air Force

Oct. 3 at Colorado State

Oct. 10 at Texas A&M

Oct. 17 New Mexico State

Oct. 24 at Nevada

Oct. 31 Hawaii

Nov. 7 at UNLV

Nov. 14 at Utah State

Nov. 21 San Diego State

Nov. 28 San Jose State

The Bulldogs open the season against Idaho State, before heading to Colorado.  The rest of the non-conference slate has the likes of Texas A&M and New Mexico State.  

The projected win total is set at 6 wins.  One area that will have to be improved is the defense, the defense ranked 83rd in points allowed per game.  Fresno State does have a plus, as the program doesn’t have to face Boise State during the 2020 season.  The program will have a different vibe than last season, as Ken DeBoer will be in his first season at the university.  The win total suggests that Fresno State should increase their win total by 2 wins, even with having limited experience at quarterback.  I can’t see the Bulldogs being more than 2 wins better than last season, therefore I’m going to side with the under.  In order for Fresno State to cover this win total, the program would more than likely need to win their final four games.        

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