Monday, September 28, 2015

Fresno State has 45 wins over Top 25 teams since 2005


Here we are in the midst of another football season, and still with several months to go until softball season begins.

While traditional football power Boise State continues to look strong on its blue field, other Mountain West football teams haven't been all that impressive.  In fact, a columnist for The Fresno Bee says the Bulldog football team is a mess.  So that got us to thinking.

While the Bulldog football team hasn't had a win over a Top 25-ranked team since December 27, 2004 (a 37-34 overtime win over then-18th ranked Virginia), Fresno State softball has done a lot of winning since that time.  A whole lot.

In fact, the Bulldog softball team has posted 45 wins over Top 25-ranked opponents since the beginning of the 2005 season alone.  That's the most -- by a wide margin -- of any current Mountain West softball team.

The offseason is a good time to count them down and take a look back at Fresno State's wins over Top 25 teams since the start of 2005.  Among the victories are several over Top 10 and even Top 5 opponents and national powers, including the likes of Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Washington, Texas and Arizona State among others.

The reigning Mountain West champion Bulldogs have 12 wins over Top 10 teams in the past decade, and four over teams ranked in the Top 5.  Fresno State's best win during the decade -- according to the rankings -- was a 6-1 clubbing of then 2nd-ranked Arizona State in 2007.

Here is the complete list:
  1. Feb. 20, 2015 - Fresno State defeats No. 25 Texas 8-7
  2. March 9, 2014 - Fresno State defeats No. 14 Nebraska 1-0
  3. March 9, 2014 - Fresno State defeats No. 6 Washington 1-0
  4. May 11, 2012 - Fresno State defeats No. 12 Hawai'i 9-7
  5. Feb. 25, 2012 - Fresno State defeats No. 5 UCLA 6-3
  6. May 20, 2011 - Fresno State defeats No. 16 Nebraska 1-0
  7. April 2, 2011 - Fresno State defeats No. 20 Hawai'i 2-0
  8. April 2, 2011 - Fresno State defeats No. 20 Hawai'i 2-1
  9. April 1, 2011 - Fresno State defeats No. 20 Hawai'i 5-0
  10. March 19, 2011 - Fresno State defeats No. 5 Michigan 3-1
  11. Feb. 25, 2011 - Fresno State defeats No. 18 Oklahoma State 4-3
  12. Feb. 18, 2011 - Fresno State defeats No. 8 Missouri 6-3
  13. May 15, 2010 - Fresno State defeats No. 23 Hawai'i 4-3
  14. May 1, 2010 - Fresno State defeats No. 23 Hawai'i 9-7
  15. Feb. 25, 2010 - Fresno State defeats No. 13 Texas 5-4
  16. April 18, 2009 - Fresno State defeats No. 25 Nevada 4-0
  17. April 17, 2009 - Fresno State defeats No. 25 Nevada 1-0
  18. March 13, 2009 - Fresno State defeats No. 24 Florida State 1-0
  19. March 8, 2009 - Fresno State defeats No. 9 California 4-3
  20. Feb. 21, 2009 - Fresno State defeats No. 12 Northwestern 3-0
  21. Feb. 21, 2009 - Fresno State defeats No. 20 North Carolina 4-2
  22. May 18, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 24 California 3-2
  23. May 17, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 21 San Diego St. 2-0
  24. April 26, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 24 Hawai'i 2-1
  25. April 26, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 24 Hawai'i 3-2
  26. April 25, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 24 Hawai'i 4-3
  27. March 22, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 20 Long Beach St. 2-0
  28. March 20, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 6 Michigan 6-5
  29. March 13, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 8 Oklahoma 1-0
  30. March 6, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 16 DePaul 4-2
  31. Feb. 22, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 25 Texas 9-7
  32. Feb. 21, 2008 - Fresno State defeats No. 21 UNLV 2-0
  33. May 17, 2007 - Fresno State defeats No. 16 Stanford 2-0
  34. May 11, 2007 - Fresno State defeats No. 12 Hawai'i 9-3
  35. April 21, 2007 - Fresno State defeats No. 16 Hawai'i 6-2
  36. March 16, 2007 - Fresno State defeats No. 2 Arizona State 6-1
  37. March 3, 2007 - Fresno State defeats No. 23 Nebraska 3-2
  38. March 2, 2007 - Fresno State defeats No. 18 California 2-1
  39. May 20, 2006 - Fresno State defeats No. 10 Stanford 3-0
  40. March 9, 2006 - Fresno State defeats No. 22 DePaul 4-2
  41. Feb. 24, 2006 - Fresno State defeats No. 10 Oklahoma 4-2
  42. May 19, 2005 - Fresno State defeats No. 24 Long Beach St. 4-0
  43. March 28, 2005 - Fresno State defeats No. 5 Stanford 4-1
  44. March 19, 2005 - Fresno State defeats No. 14 Washington 8-3
  45. Feb. 26, 2005 - Fresno State defeats No. 10 LSU 5-2
This is the first in a series of off-season articles on each Mountain West softball team.