Bulldogs Ranked No. 17 in Initial BCS Standings
Tim DeRuyter has the Bulldogs off to their best start since 2001
Tim DeRuyter has the Bulldogs off to their best start since 2001

Oct. 20, 2013

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team, off to a 6-0 start, continues to climb in the national polls and was ranked No. 17 in the Bowl Championship Series Standings that were released for the first time this season on Sunday.

The Bulldogs are the highest-ranked team not from an automatic-qualifying BCS conference, one spot ahead of Northern Illinois out of the Mid-American Conference.

The Harris Interactive Poll, USA Today Coaches Poll and computer rankings each comprise one-third of the BCS Standings. To derive the percentages, each team's total points in the Harris and USA Today polls are divided by the maximum possible points (2,625 for Harris and 1,550 for USA Today).

The computer rankings percentage is calculated by dropping the highest and lowest ranking for each team and then dividing the remaining total by 100 (the maximum possible points). The BCS Average is calculated by averaging the percentage totals of the Harris Interactive Poll, USA Today Poll, and computer rankings. The teams' BCS Averages are ranked to produce the BCS Standings.

Fresno State was ranked No. 18 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, No. 18 in the Harris Interactive Poll and No. 17 as its average among the six computer rankings.

In addition to those rankings, the Bulldogs also came in Sunday at No. 15 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll, which is not used in calculating the BCS Standings. This is Fresno State's highest AP ranking since being No. 8 after a 6-0 start to the 2001 season.

Leading the team this season has been Heisman Trophy candidate Derek Carr. Carr ranks second nationally in passing with 379.3 yards per game and is responsible for 20 more touchdowns (24) this season than he is turnovers (four).

Fresno State hits the road this weekend to face a San Diego State team that has won three-straight. The Bulldogs and Aztecs are the only two remaining teams that are undefeated in Mountain West play.



The game is being televised nationally on ESPN2 with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT from Qualcomm Stadium.

"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.

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