FRESNO - What do we know about 2018 Fresno State football schedule? We know that Fresno State will open its 2018 campaign with four nonconference FBS games over the first five weeks, starting at Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 1. And its Mountain West schedule will mirror 2017, but with the host-site flipped for all eight opponents. Five of the Bulldogs' 2018 opponents qualified for a bowl game and the 12 collectively went 71-81 (.467).
September 1 vs. Idaho (Big Sky)
Fresno State will open its season at home for the second consecutive year. In 2018, the Bulldogs will start the season against Idaho, a team that went 4-8 (3-5 Sun Belt) in 2017 during its final year as an FBS team - they will kick off 2018 as a member of the Big Sky Conference. Fresno State owns an 11-4 all-time series advantage against the Vandals; they last played in 2013, which was a 61-14 victory for the Bulldogs at the Kibbie Dome. The Bulldogs will seek their 11th-straight win against Idaho on Sept. 1.
September 8 at Minnesota (Big Ten)
The Bulldogs' first road game of 2018 will be against a Power 5 opponent, Minnesota of the Big Ten. Minnesota was 5-7 (2-7 Big Ten) a season ago, sweeping its nonconference schedule versus Buffalo, Oregon State and Middle Tennessee State to start the season before dropping seven of nine in Big Ten play. The 2018 meeting will be the first between the two programs, it is also the first of a home-and-home series (2018-19).
September 15 at UCLA (Pac-12)
To conclude the road portion of the Bulldogs' nonconference schedule, Fresno State will travel 224 miles south to the Rose Bowl on Sept. 15 to face UCLA for the first time since 2008. The Bruins will seek to improve on a 6-7 (4-5 Pac-12) campaign in 2017 under newly-hired head coach Chip Kelly. Despite a just a six win season, UCLA was 6-0 at home last year. UCLA owns the series' all-time advantage 6-2, but the Bulldogs have won two-straight – a 36-31 win at the Rose Bowl in 2008 and a 17-9 bowl game win in 2003 (Silicon Valley Classic).
September 29 vs. Toledo (MAC)
On Sept. 29, Fresno State will play the first of three 10-plus win teams they are scheduled to face in 2018. Toledo, who went 11-3 (7-1 MAC) in 2017, will travel to Fresno for the first time since its first-ever meeting with the Bulldogs in 2005. Fresno State owns the all-time series by a slim 2-1 margin, having won games in 2005 and 2008, and lost its most recent pairing in a 52-17 defeat at Toledo during the 2016 season.
Note: 2018 marks the first season since 2008 that Fresno State's nonconference schedule does not feature an FCS opponent (Rutgers, Toledo, UCLA and Wisconsin).
(4) Mountain West Home Contests
TBA vs. Hawai'i
2017 outcome: W, 31-21
2017 opp. record: 3-9 (1-7 MW)
All-time series: FS leads 27-22-1
TBA vs. San Diego State
2017 outcome: W, 27-3
2017 opp. record: 10-3 (6-2 MW)
All-time series: SDSU leads 29-24-4
TBA vs. San Jose State
2017 outcome: W, 27-10
2017 opp. record: 2-11 (1-7 MW)
All-time series: FS leads 41-37-3
TBA vs. Wyoming
2017 outcome: W, 13-7
2017 opp. record: 8-5 (5-3 MW)
All-time series: FS leads 6-5
(4) Mountain West Road Contests
TBA at Boise State
2017 outcome: W, 28-17 (regular season); L, 17-14 (MW Championship)
2017 opp. record: 11-3 (7-1 MW)
All-time series: BSU leads 14-6
TBA at Nevada
2017 outcome: W, 41-21
2017 opp. record: 3-9 (3-5 MW)
All-time series: FS leads 28-20-1
TBA at New Mexico
2017 outcome: 38-0
2017 opp. record: 3-9 (1-7 MW)
All-time series: FS leads 12-4
TBA at UNLV
2017 outcome: L, 26-16
2017 opp. record: 5-7 (4-4 MW)
All-time series: FS leads 13-7
Mountain West Dates: History shows that the league office traditionally releases MW dates prior to the week of the MW basketball tournament. Over the last three years, it was announced on March 2 each time.
Season tickets are on sale now starting at the same low rate of $99 (or $16.50 per game) when purchasing in pairs. For those existing ticket holders, look for renewals in the mail during the final week of January.
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