Without Derrick Carr, Where do the Fresno State Bulldogs Stand in the Mountain West?

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Oct 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs safety Derron Smith (13) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive stop in overtime to secure a 35-28 win against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 26, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Fresno State Bulldogs safety Derron Smith (13) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive stop in overtime to secure a 35-28 win against the San Diego State Aztecs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Believe it, or not, just a few months ago the discussion involving the Fresno State Bulldogs was the validation they belonged on the same field as the Florida State Seminoles. Of course, giving up over 60 points in a loss to a six win San Jose State team probably wasn’t the best way to show doubters you’re the only fit to take on the ‘Noles in the national title, but 11 wins and a conference championship sure helps the late 2013 disappointment.

When looking at the 2013 Bulldogs you can’t help but ask, what if? What if the defense was more than a mere suggestion on Nov.29, 2013? What if they could’ve pulled together and taken down the USC Trojans in the season finale? The question has shifted from what if, to what’s next? Head coach Tim DeRuyter has been a heavy hitter in his first two seasons, but he also had a quarterback who was responsible for 9,187 passing yards to go along with 87 touchdown passes in Derrick Carr. We can’t assume that this years’ offense will pump out over 7,000 yards, but can we expect another run at a Mountain West championship?

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