By Stephen Trembley / Fresno State Athletics
The Pat Hill Era has been built for this moment.
The Bulldogs kickoff the 2010 season with the first of seven home games and welcome two-time defending Big East champion Cincinnati to Bulldog Stadium on a hot September evening.
When tonight's kickoff is sent high into the Fresno sky, it will be 7 p.m. here on the West Coast and 10 p.m. back in Ohio, the home state of the visiting Bearcats. The temperature is 30 degrees warmer here at Bulldog Stadium than it is in Cincinnati.
As a university, Fresno State is also celebrating the centennial academic year. Fresno State Normal School was founded back in 1911 and over the past 100 years has become the premier institution powering the New California. To honor the history of the institution, the centennial logo is painted on the west and east sides of the 50-yard lines of Jim Sweeney Field.
The 'Dogs traditional red and white checkerboard end zones define the north and south ends of the green grass surface. The checkerboard design symbolizes Purina dog food and the idea that Bulldogs want to spend their time in the end zones so they can chow down.
This year's season opener will feature a variety of in-game honors including the recognition of two former Bulldog student-athletes (Paul George and Ryan Mathews) who were selected in the first round of the NBA and NFL drafts at the end of the third quarter as well as a pregame ceremony for all 2009-10 WAC championship teams and individuals.
Make sure to watch the game live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.