No. 21 Dogs Host No. 10 Badgers

Fresno State offers advice for fans to make their gameday experience more enjoyable.

Pat Hill is 10-1 in home opening games at Fresno State.

Sept. 9, 2008

No. 21 Fresno State (1-0, 0-0 WAC) at No. 10 Wisconsin (2-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT
Site: Bulldog Stadium (41,031); Fresno, Calif.
Radio: KMJ (AM 580); Dog Talk (5 p.m.) Countdown to Kickoff (7 p.m.)
Play-by-Play: Bill Woodward; Analyst: Jordan Christensen; Sideline: Ralph Wood
ESPN Deportes (1600 AM) in Spanish
Play-by-Play: Jess Gonzalez; Analysts: Sam Sosa and Doug Kessler
Television: ESPN2
Play-by-Play: Joe Tessitore; Analyst: Rod Gilmore

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To make the game day experience more enjoyable, Fresno State is offering the following tips for fans this week.

  • Fans are urged to be in their seats of Bulldog Stadium by 7 p.m. Fresno State will honor the 2007-08 WAC Championship teams during pregame ceremonies and the Valley's Congressional delegation will honor the 2008 NCAA Championship Bulldog baseball team. In addition, a full and loud Bulldog Stadium will be a great way to show Valley Pride when the national ESPN broadcast goes on the air!

  • In order to expedite entrance into Bulldog Stadium, Fresno State recommends that each patron carry their own ticket. This speeds the ticket scanning process at the gates, allowing for a quick and smooth entrance into the stadium.

  • Fresno State's Bulldog Boulevard opens at 5 p.m. Bulldog Boulevard will be the place to be for families and fans of all ages before every home Fresno State football game. Bulldog Boulevard offers live entertainment, inflatable games in the "Fun Zone", TV's and video games in the "Dog Pound", food vendors, interactive displays, and more! Bulldog Boulevard will be located in the Red Lot, just east of Bulldog Stadium and north of Beiden Field. Admission is free.

  • A new bus shuttle traffic pattern will be in operation on game day. Fans parking on campus near the Save Mart Center will find getting to the stadium more convenient with 15 FAX busses offering free shuttle service to the corner of Cedar and Barstow. As always, when traveling to a major sporting event fans are asked to plan ahead, be patient and safe on game days.

    Healthy Choices Arrive at Bulldog Stadium
    When most football fans think of food at a game, they think of hot dogs, and soda. This season Bulldog fans will have healthier choices while enjoying a game at Bulldog Stadium Fresno State and Kaiser Permanente have teamed up to offer healthier meal options at all home football and soccer games. Between the two sports there will be approximately 15 home games at Bulldog Stadium.

    The new healthier meal choices, which will be offered in addition to the traditional stadium foods, will premiere at the football home opener on Sept. 13, against Wisconsin. The menu includes Fresno State-grown grapes, mini carrot cups, baked pretzels, roasted almonds, raisins, and sunflower seeds.

    The new menu options were created primarily by Kaiser Permanente registered dietitians.

    "The best snacks are real foods that come from the Central Valley," said Gail Embry, RD, CDE, Kaiser Permanente Health Education Dept. "It is a win-win situation for everyone."

    Grand Occasions Catering will also be offering the new Kaiser Permanente Healthful Choices Menu to Bulldog fans wanting catered tailgate parties that are high on nutrition and taste, while low on fat.

    Kaiser Permanente has been involved in a similar campaign at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

    Dogs Welcome No. 10 Wisconsin
    After a week off, No. 21 Fresno State will host No. 10 Wisconsin Saturday night at Bulldog Stadium. It's the home opening game for the Bulldogs and the first road game for the Badgers. Wisconsin is the highest-ranked team to ever visit Bulldog Stadium, matching No. 10 Oregon State, which played in Fresno in 2001.

    Home Openers
    The Dogs are 10-1 in home openers under Pat Hill, winning each of the last nine years. Fresno State is 24-3 in home opening games since Bulldog Stadium opened.

    About the Badgers
    Wisconsin enters the week ranked No. 10 in the nation and make their first road trip. The Badgers are coming off dominating wins over Akron (38-17) and Marshall (51-14). Wisconsin has one of the nation's premier running backs, P.J. Hill, who ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns in the season opening game. Hill leads the Big Ten in rushing at 133.5 yards per game and has scored four touchdowns this season. Head coach Bret Bielema is 23-5 in his third season as head coach at Wisconsin. The Badgers are one of five Big Ten teams averaging more than 40 points per game (44.5) and rank second in their league in rushing with 281 yards per game and 10 touchdowns. Badger quarterback Allen Evridge is completing 67 percent of his passes and has thrown two touchdowns in the first two games. The Wisconsin defense has allowed just 72.5 rushing yards per game thus far and just 2.8 yards per carry.

    Against the Big Ten
    Fresno State will take on a Big Ten opponent for the sixth time on Saturday. The Bulldogs are 1-4 all-time against teams from the Big Ten. Four of those five meetings have come this decade and none have been at Bulldog Stadium. Fresno State is 0-2 vs. Ohio State, 0-1 vs. Michigan State and 1-1 vs. Wisconsin.

    Ranked Opponents at Home
    The Bulldogs are hosting a ranked opponent for the first time since Sept. 9, 2006 when No. 20 Oregon came to Bulldog Stadium. The Ducks beat the Dogs 31-24. Prior to that, Fresno State previously hosted a ranked team on Nov. 21, 2003, when No. 20 Boise State came to Fresno. The highest ranked team Fresno State has ever defeated was No. 10 Oregon State, 44-24, Sept. 2, 2001. Wisconsin is ranked No. 10 in both major polls.

    ESPN Loves the Dogs: Toledo Game Added to ESPNU
    Fresno State will make its 56th national television appearance this decade when the Dogs host Wisconsin. ESPN will televise eight consecutive Fresno State games on its network, the last four of the 2007 season and the first four games of the 2008 season. Fresno State is scheduled for seven nationally televised games on the ESPN networks in 2008. The Toledo game on Sept. 20will be on ESPNU it was announced Monday.

    Big Games
    The Fresno State vs. Wisconsin game is one of three this week in which both teams are nationally ranked. The others are: No. 1 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State and No. 13 Kansas at No. 19 South Florida.

    "Join the State - Fresno State!" - The first Big Ten team will travel to the Valley on September 13 as the No. 21 `Dogs take on Wisconsin in the home opener at 7:30 p.m. The game can be seen nationally on ESPN2. Get your official Wisconsin game day t-shirt at the Bulldog Shop for only $10 with any purchase.



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