The phrase "anyone, anytime, anywhere" might have belonged to Pat Hill, but the Fresno State Bulldogs, under athletic director Jim Bartko, have taken the familiar refrain and continued to pack future schedules with top-flight competition. And while it's foolhardy to say any program can maintain excellency for the next four or five seasons, revealing two future, well-regarded Power 5 opponents in one fell swoop is a substantial feat for any Group of 5 program.
The latest additions to future Bulldog schedules become the sixth and seventh Power 5 foes that Fresno State will face between 2017 and 2021: Alabama and Washington in '17, Minnesota in '18 and '19, UCLA in '18 and '21, and Colorado in '19 represent the team's current slate of commitments over the next six years. Perhaps crucially, all of them are on the road, save for a home-and-home with the Golden Gophers.
The new additions are playing Texas A&M on Sept. 26, 2020 and at Arizona State on Sept. 16, 2023.
"These games offer Fresno State the continued opportunity to showcase Bulldog football across the country against elite competition," Fresno State Director of Athletics Jim Bartko said. "They reflect our scheduling philosophy to create opportunities to produce necessary income and bring long-term consistency in our scheduling model."
Fresno State hasn't met Arizona State on the gridiron since November 1941, when the Sun Devils won 26-7 for a three-to-zero series advantage. The Bulldogs and Aggies have tangled just once, a wild 47-45 shootout back in 2007. Both have had recent histories of success, though 2015 represented down years for each, as well: ASU finished just 6-7 while A&M went 8-5.
These games in 2020 and 2023 are the only non-conference games that the Bulldogs have scheduled.