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
Play-by-Play: Joe Tessitore; Analyst: Rod Gilmore
To make the game day experience more enjoyable, Fresno State is offering the following tips for fans this week.
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.
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.
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.