Fresno State ranked 17th in first Bowl Championship Series poll

FRESNO, Calif.

That's because as a non-automatic qualifier, the bulldogs are currently one spot shy of where they need to be at the end of the season in order to land an automatic BCS bid. That's because if an automatic qualifying conference champion does not finish better than 16th in the BCS, the bulldogs don't have to reach number 12 to make it in. American Athletic Conference leader Louisville is currently ranked 20 in the BCS.

Obviously there's a long way to go in the season, but Action News asked a couple of Bulldog legends for their thoughts on how Fresno State could crack the BCS.

"All they've got to do is keep doing what they're doing," said former Bulldog Wide Receiver Stephone Paige. "Every week take care of one team at a time. And at the end of the season I think we'll get a bid. I believe that we'll get a really good bowl bid and we'll have a chance to play in one of the big bowl games."

"If the American Athletic Conference champion is ranked lower than Fresno State, Fresno State gets a BCS game if they're able to go undefeated," said former Bulldog Safety Cameron Worrell. "So all they have to do is continue this undefeated season, win that Mountain West championship game, and hopefully everything will take care of itself."

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