Despite going a fantastic 12-2 last season and 10-4 the year before in head coach Jeff Tedford’s inaugural campaign with the Mountain West school, Fresno State faces a bunch of changes heading into the 2019 NCAA college football regular season. If you want to know just how the Bulldogs are going to make out in 2019, then you need to gather as much expert betting information as possible. Thankfully, that’s where I come in. Now, let’s get to my expert betting guide on Fresno State with the 2019 season opener getting closer by the day.
Fresno State Bulldogs 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide
- ATS: 12-2 (W-L) / 10-4-0 (ATS) / 5-2-0 (Home) / 5-2-0 (Away) / 2-0-0 (Grass) / 8-4-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 4-10-0 (W-L) / 3-4-0 (Home) / 1-6-0 (Away) / 1-1-0 (Grass) / 3-9-0 (Turf) / 48.8 (Total)
Not only did the Bulldogs go a fantastic 12-2 last season, but they were also one of the best ATS teams in the nation by going 10-4 ATS while covering the chalk an identical five times at home and on the road.
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Ronnie Rivers (13)
- Rushing: Ronnie Rivers (743)
- Passing: Marcus McMaryion (3629)
- Receiving: KeeSean Johnson (1340)
- Interceptions: JuJu Hughes (4)
Last season, sophomore running back Ronnie Rivers led the team in touchdowns scored and rushing yards while senior quarterback Marcus McMaryion passed for 3,629 yards with 25 TD tosses and just five interceptions. Senior wide receiver KeeSean Johnson had a team-high 1,340 receiving yards while junior defensive back JuJu Hughes recorded a team-high four interceptions. The bad news is that, only Hughes will be back in 2019.
- Total Yards: 422.1 / Rank 48
- Passing Yards: 267.1 / Rank 29
- Rushing Yards: 154.9 /Rank 87
- Points Scored: 34.6 / Rank 26
- Field Goal %: 63.6 / Rank 106
The Bulldogs closed out the 2018 regular season ranked an encouraging 48th in total offense, a rock-solid 29th in passing, 87th in rushing and 26th in scoring (34.6 ppg).
- Total Yards: 321.6 / Rank 17
- Passing Yards: 189.4 / Rank 23
- Rushing Yards: 132.2 /Rank 30
- Points Allowed: 14.1 / Rank 3
- Field Goal %: 61.9 / Rank 29
Defensively, Fresno State was surprisingly effective in ranking 17th in total defense, 23rd against the pass, 30th against the run and a stupendous third in points allowed (14.1 ppg).
I love what head coach Jeff Tedford has done in going a stupendous 22-6 during his two years at the Mountain West Conference school, but the Bulldogs have a much tougher schedule than the one they played a year ago. Fresno State kicks off its 2019 campaign with a pair of tough matchups against USC and a Minnesota Gophers team they fell to 21-14, ironically in Week 2 last season. The Bulldogs also take on a Utah State team that won 11 games last season and two conference rivals (Hawaii and Nevada) that both won eight games last season.
Then, there’s the fact that Fresno State will have a first-time starter under center following the departure of former starter Marcus McMaryion. Right now, backup Jorge Reyna performed is expected to be the starter, but if he struggles early on, Tedford has no other quarterback on his roster that has ever attempted a pass in college.
In addition to that, the Bulldogs have just one starter returning on the offensive line, not to mention the fact that they lost all three of their top receivers from last season and will have a new offensive coordinator running the show in 2019 in former offensive line coach Ryan Grubb.
The good news is that Fresno State has some talent and experience on the defensive side of the ball that could help keep the program competitive early on. Middle linebacker Mykal Walker was an All-Conference performer at defensive end last season and defensive linemen Jasad Haynes and Kevin Atkins are both experienced and talented while defensive backs Juju Hughes and Jaron Bryant have a combined 56 starts and nine interceptions between them.
Ultimately, Fresno State’s success in 2019 will depend largely on the kind of play they get at quarterback. However, right now, I’m thinking a 10-win season is about the best the Bulldogs can hope for this coming season, now make your wagers on Fresno State accordingly.