A look around the WAC

Updated: September 8, 2004, 3:57 PM ET
By Kevin Acee | Special to
Pat Hill is playing poker. He isn't bluffing. He is, as usual, "all in."

The Fresno State coach, who for more than three years now has set the standard for non-BCS teams going against BCS teams, directed the Bulldogs to a 35-16 victory at Washington on Sunday. The result, the Bulldogs' eighth victory in their past 16 games against BCS teams, has everyone thinking back to 2001, when Fresno opened with victories over Oregon State, Colorado and Wisconsin. It has Hill thinking about that too.

"(The Washington game) reminds me so much of our game against Colorado in 2001,' Hill said Tuesday. "It is just such a parallel. When we played Colorado, there were five turnovers in the game, and in the first half they had two turnovers we turned into points. And in this game, we had five turnovers, and on three of them the defense scored points."

There is also this (beware Kansas State): The '01 Colorado game was on a Sunday night, which forced a quick turnaround for the Wisconsin game the following Saturday, same as this week for Fresno State. But about that poker hand Hill is playing …