The Fresno State Bulldogs know that last Friday's thrilling one point win over Boise State means nothing if they can't turn that into a conference championship let alone a possible BCS bowl berth.

Action News Meterologist Kevin Musso has dubbed this team -- "Derek Carr and the Carr-Diac kids." And the name seems to be fitting early on this season.

A failed two point conversion against Rutgers to open the season. And a nail biting victory over rival Boise could have ended differently and the 'Dogs could have been 1-2 instead of 3-0 and ranked.

"It's kind of who we are. We've got the potential to be pretty good. But we've also got the potential that had things not gone the way they did, we could be 1-2 in and miserable at this point. I think what it does is that it if you take it the right way, it drives you to get better. Clearly we've got to get better in all three phases. We've been pouring through the tape on that and addressed it with our guys this morning at six and we'll work on it this afternoon when we practice." said 'Dogs Head Coach Tim DeRuyter.

The 'Dogs are receiving praise from Hawaii head coach Norm Chow.

Chow, the longtime assistant coach in college and the NFL says the 'Dogs are a formidable force in the Mountain West.

He of course was there when Fresno State handed the Rainbow Warriors a 45-10 defeat at Bulldog Stadium last season.

Derek Carr passed for 300 yards and four touchdowns before taking most of the 2nd Half off.

Chow says the Heisman hopeful is every bit as good as advertised and #4's head coach is a class act too.

"Well I remember what a terrific football player and I've said it before, that Derek Carr is. And I remember Tim and the professionalism he showed you know. We were down in the first half. We were chipped up. No excuses, but we were down quite a bit and he called off Derek and I told him I appreciated that. Very professional when it comes to football. But they have such a nice program with such good players. I can also remember the fellows name but I know the big ol' tight end. As we followed him up the walkway up that tunnel I looked at him and I said ohh my gosh. Look at this guy. We need more guys that look like him, but Fresno's always been a great exciting place to play. Very competitive place to play. You know when they're all in red and the support that they have for their team. You know us, we would like to be like Fresno." added Chow.

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