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New dean says ‘the library was a refuge’ By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

Alejandro Soto • The Collegian

New Dean of Library Services Delritta Hornbuckle speaks with The Collegian during an interview in the Henry Madden Library on Oct. 11, 2017.

Libraries have always been a part of Delritta Hornbuckle’s life, no matter where she has been. “My father picked cotton on the fields of east Texas in the summers before trying to go to school,” she said as she reflected on her past recently. “I literally am maybe two descendants from African-American slaves in Texas.” Education was always valued by her family. Her mother worked cleaning the homes of wealthy people. And during that time she would sit in the libraries in the homes and read. It was clear. “The library was a refuge,”

Hornbuckle said. That refuge helped her gain more knowledge. It was also the key to her success. “The library for me was basically a pathway for my parents, just upward mobility,” Hornbuckle said. “So I am basically that second generation of economic opportunity, and the library was the core of it.” Education took her many places in life. Today, she is the new dean of library services at Fresno State’s Henry Madden Library. She was hired in September and took over for recently retired Peter McDonald. Considered “the jewel of this campus,” Hornbuckle’s job will be to make sure the Henry Madden Library is a welcoming

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Hollywood controversy highlights sexual assault

By Jessica Johnson @iamjesslj


exual assault and harassment did not start, and likely will not end, in Hollywood. After allegations of decades of sexual assault by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light by a New York Times article on Oct. 5, the hashtag #MeToo began trending on social media. The response grew when actress Alyssa Milano asked for victims of sexual assault and harassment to reply to her tweet with “Me too.” The tweet, by Tuesday, had received more than 61,000 replies, 22,000 retweets and more than 41,000 likes. It has caught the attention of people from all walks of life. It has Fresno State staff hoping larger awareness is created for sexual assault.

Erin Boele, the interim Title IX coordinator at Fresno State, said she believes these types of movements help victims speak out about their experiences. “I do believe that movements like this help others speak out as it can help remove the silence that has encapsulated these topics and again allow them to know that they are not alone and others understand what they are going through,” Boele said. She added that meaningful conversations about sexual assault and harassment will create more awareness. “The more aware people are, the more effective we can be with change,” Boele said. According to the 2017 Annual Security Report published by the university police, no rapes were reported on campus last year. But one rape was reported in 2015 and in 2014. Three fondling cases were reported last year on campus and once at a campus

residence, according to the same report. Out of every sixth American women, one has been raped or has been a victim of an attempted rape, according to data gathered by Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). As of 1988 in the U.S., the organization reports 17.7 million women have become victims of rape. As for men, 2.78 million have become victims of rape, according to RAINN. With the staggering numbers, it’s likely there are those in the Fresno State community who have experienced sexual assault. The Collegian reached out to students on social media and asked those who attend, work or have graduated from Fresno State to reply with “Me too” if they have been affected by sexual assault at any moment in their life. Twelve users affiliated with Fresno State responded publicly, and two responded through a direct message. Mercedes Martinez, a history major at Fresno State, said she has always considered herself a victim of sexual assault, until recently. Now, “I am a survivor,” she said. Martinez said she first heard of the “#MeToo” campaign when a friend of her’s posted about it on a Facebook. Then, she said, the movement began to grow, and she saw it everywhere online. “I am deeply invested in this movement,” Martinez said. “We’ve grown up in a culture


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Rape victims are men. Source: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)





Why does it take a hashtag to validate assault?

By Amber Carpenter | @shutupambs

Why do women have to turn their painful experiences into hashtags in order to make them more believable or valid? In the wake of sexual assault allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, women have been sharing their experiences with sexual assault and sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo. It is through the hashtag that women hope to bring past and present trauma to light as a means to educate and prevent sexual assault from happening to other women. While #MeToo has become a unifying experience for survivors of sexual assault to share their stories, there is a problem underlying the circumstances from which it comes. If the idea of #MeToo feels familiar, that’s because it is. In 2014 after misogynistic videos of the Isla Vista shooter surfaced, #YesAllWomen became a hashtag under which women shared their experiences with misogyny, sexism and sexual harassment. The #MeToo movement was originally initiated by activist and woman of color Tanara Burke, in hopes to reach out to sexual assault victims in underprivileged communities. This movement took place before hashtags or Twitter were even born. It wasn’t until this hashtag was appropriated by privileged white women in the entertainment industry that it gained traction and

popularity amongst social media users. Again – why must survivors of sexual harassment and assault bare their scars in order for them to be deemed legitimate or believable? The message of #MeToo comes across

loud and clear and is somber for both survivors of assault and consumers of social media. Without it, survivors of sexual assault who might never have come forward have the opportunity to share their experiences and make others feel less alone.

The way mainstream society treats women who come forward as victims of sexual assault speaks volumes about why hashtags like #MeToo come about. Victims of sexual assault – male or female – might feel a great amount of shame that causes them to forego coming forward with experiences of assault, for fear that no one will believe them or that the person who sexually assaulted them is more powerful either in socioeconomic status or reputation. The beauty of hashtags like #YesAllWomen or #MeToo is that they help survivors of sexual assault feel less alone. Why does it take a hashtag or Facebook, Instagram or Twitter posts to validate the trauma of female experience? Because rape culture dominates most conversations surrounding trauma from sexual assault or abuse, social media hashtags like #MeToo are essential to having comprehensive conversations in regards to the trauma surrounding sexual assault. They shouldn’t have to be. Because mainstream society is dominated by rape culture, people affected by sexual assault are afraid to come forward with experiences of abuse for fear that people will not believe them – or worse, that they are shamed for coming forward in the first place. We must believe women who come forward as victims of sexual assault and abuse. If we discard their stories or challenge their believability, we become part of rape culture. We become part of the problem. How many Harvey Weinsteins will there be between now and the day that America realizes that rape culture is real and that nearly every single woman has experienced trauma at the hands of a man? Believe victims of sexual assault the first time. Do not wait until a hashtag is popularized to be ready to listen to their stories.

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Earthquake drill set for Oct. 19

By Razmik Cañas @Raz_Canas

A “Great Shakeout” earthquake drill is planned for Thursday at Fresno State. The drill, scheduled for 10:19 a.m. is an opportunity for students to prepare for an earthquake, according to a campus-wide email. The email said that faculty

and students should identify hazards that could be unsafe during an earthquake for the drill. Fresno State police department advised participants to “drop,” “cover” and “hold on” during the earthquake drill. After a real earthquake, the police department recommends evacuating to safer locations or help victims. But be aware of aftershocks.

Campus departments who choose to participate should designate a person to run the drill at the designated time and follow the directions. A debrief should be done after the drill, police said. For questions or feedback, contact Amy Luna, Manager of Emergency Operations, at

Sexual assault allegations spark campaign SEXUAL ASSAULT from Page 1 where we just don’t talk about sexual assault, so we don’t really know just how common it is.” For seven years, Martinez said, she has kept the secret of being sexually assaulted to herself. She said it’s something she has been ashamed of. “To see these strong, powerful women speaking out about their

own assaults, and to see how far they’ve moved away from it, it’s inspiring,” she said. Despite how uncomfortable a conversation about sexual assault may be, Martinez said, it’s something society needs to begin talking about. She hopes the “#MeToo” campaign gives men and women the courage to come forward and fight against sexual assault and harassment. “We need to find the strength

to stop it from happening to someone else,” according to Martinez said. Although movements like this can have a positive effect, Boele, Title IX coordinator, said it can also trigger discomfort for some. She recommended people be careful when having conversations about such a topic. “We need to talk about what is happening in our society but also be mindful that conversations [or] remarks can trigger individuals in

a variety of ways,” Boele said. Bree Godoy, a student assistant majoring in public health and women’s studies and also a victim advocate intern at the Student Health and Counseling Center, said the movement may help students open up about their experience because, often, a conversation can reduce the stigma surrounding sexual assault and harassment. Lisa Risch, who is the university’s only victim advocate, is on

leave throughout the remainder of the semester. The health center has partnered with local advocacy groups such as Rape Counseling Services (RCS) and the Marjaree Mason Center. To contact a university victim advocate, call 559-278-6796 or email confidentially at To contact the Title IX coordinator, call 559278-2345. For more resources, visit the university’s “confidential advocacy services” webpage.

Dean wants library to grow as community symbol PROFILE from Page 1 space for students. Her undergraduate degree was earned at Texas A&M University. The pride and spirit that university has about agriculture is similar to that of Fresno State’s, she said. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she found herself in New York City. It was a place she always wished to live in. That is where she first started working in libraries. And she said New York City has one of the best public library systems. “You have a very interesting library on every corner,” Hornbuckle said. She worked in different types of libraries, including “special libraries” that house information

on one single topic. Throughout the city, Hornbuckle had access to endless information. Then the thought of learning more led her back to school. “The library was that first source in terms of getting an education and understanding how important education was for my family,” Hornbuckle said. She completed her Master of Library Science degree at the Pratt Institute. There, she began investing her knowledge on the fundamentals of running a library and the benefit it has on society. “I was just a voracious reader around all of that history of just what libraries really mean and the difference they make in communities,” Hornbuckle said. While preparing for a man-

agement role, she learned about what keeps a library running, like budgets and organizational development. She said that all of that experience plays a role in what she does today. “Henry Madden is really where it’s all kind of culminated. I’m very excited to be here. This is a wonderful library,” Hornbuckle said. Hornbuckle knew that the central San Joaquin Valley was a place of learning and diversity. She had always wanted to live in California too. She added a few extra days to her vacation when she came for her interview and explored the Valley. The agricultural history and the current water struggles was intriguing to her. Observing the university also

opened Hornbuckle’s eyes to the rich cultures represented on campus. She said she admires the university’s efforts to highlight the importance of diversity and the progression of first-generation college students. “That really made me feel at home,” she said. But her mission to serve is one she has given careful thought to. She has a number of plans ready to implement so that the Henry Madden Library can grow as a community symbol of academic success. “It’s really [about] helping [students] understand how central libraries are,” Hornbuckle said. “It is the most basic social institution in our culture, and I think we really understand, libraries make a difference. They’re

always a resource.” She said she plans to increase external promotions to obtain more support from community members to improve the resources and facility. “We have a whole new generation that we want to encourage to come to the library to support it,” Hornbuckle said. As technology progresses, the question is: how are libraries affected? Hornbuckle said the library is the solution to “a world of information overload.” “So that’s why in an academic library we really work closely with faculty members and the academic community to ensure the students are coming into the library – to understand information,” she said. Hornbuckle offered that the library is where students can come and research their questions. They use their knowledge from the resources provided to map out their own discoveries, she said. “It’s a process to understand the critical thinking – what’s good information and not so good information. And there’s resources to help you do that,” Hornbuckle said. As she works from her office in south side of the library, the Valley she explored now shines outside her window. Her office is home for a job at a place where it all began — a library. “This is where I think they [her parents] want me to be,” Hornbuckle said. “Every day I’m very grateful and very blessed that I’m here. It was a lot of hard work, but I think this is it.”





‘Happy Death Day’ brings nothing new to the party By William Ramirez @willoveslakers2



Stop me if you’ve heard this plot line before: Protagonist relives the same day over and over, and in the process is able to self-analyze – and eventually rediscover – his or herself. It is a premise that has been explored time and time again with varying levels of success. “Groundhog Day” and “Edge of Tomorrow” made it work, “Happy Death Day,” the newest film to follow the aforementioned premise, does not. “Happy Death Day,” directed by Christopher B. Landon and written by Scott Lobdell, revolves around Tree (Jessica Rothe), an abrasive and apathetic sorority sister who is forced to relive the day of her murder, which also happens to be her birthday, until she is able to find her killer. Judging by the trailers and the nature of the story, one could assume this film’s identity lies solely in its slasher film tropes. Jump scares, there’s a lot of them, are effective at first, but grow to be predictable and clichéd. The PG-13 rating makes sure the film is devoid of any of the gag-inducing and blood-soaked deaths we expect. The film chooses to combine its slasher

characteristics with those of a dark comedy. Countless screen time is given to playful banter between Tree, her sorority sisters and the other supporting characters. Some jokes land, others feel too juvenile. One such joke involved a Subway footlong double entendre, which felt like something more commonly shared in junior high rather than college. The combination of the two subgenres ends up being the film’s Achilles’ heel. Neither the slasher nor the dark comedy aspects shine bright enough to make the movie truly memorable, leaving the film in a state of limbo. The killer’s reveal also felt a little empty and confusing. The details of what felt far too convoluted and did not make much sense once the killer’s plan is analyzed. But, the film is not without its redeeming qualities. One of which was Rothe’s performance as the main character. Rothe’s acting range was on full display throughout the film. She was a jack of all trades, flexing her comedic muscles, while also making Tree a sympathetic figure during her times of fear and desperation. Her chemistry with her new friend Carter (Israel Broussard), the reserved but charming young man in whose dorm room she wakes up on her “Death Day,” is also very noticeable and develops well throughout the film. Their relationship breathes fresh air into a cast of mostly one-dimensional characters.

Jessica Rothe plays Tree in “Happy Death Day.”

Outside of Carter and Tree, the cast is made to fit into one of many exaggerated stereotypes of college students. Overbearing roommates, obnoxious sorority sisters and obsessive ex-boyfriends all make appearances, but none really add any interesting layers. Some even reach the point of insufferability. On the surface, “Happy Death Day” is nothing more than a slasher filter slapped

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onto “Groundhog Day.” The premise is a good one – it always has been – but Landon fails to add anything of interest. The film is self-aware of its timeworn premise, even going as far as to jokingly reference “Groundhog Day.” But once past the surface, there is not much to be found outside of a few endearing performances. “Happy Death Day” is in theaters now.

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Political reporter gives insight into Trump administration By Hayley Salazar | @Hayley_Salazarr

Journalist Robert Costa gives a presentation about President Donald Trump’s Washington as part of the President’s Lecture Series on Oct. 16, 2017.


t is too early to tell if the Donald Trump administration is a successful one, according to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, who spoke at Fresno State on Monday as part of the President’s Lecture Series. The event was held at the Save Mart Center. Costa said one thing is clear from the Trump administration – it has struggled to enact its key agenda items. The talk, entitled “Inside Trump’s Washington: The Rise and Stall of an Outsider President,” focused on the “upclose” view Costa has had during his time reporting on Donald Trump since 2013. All the way to his rise to the presidency and the the current stall he faces in Washington. Costa, taking questions from reporters before his speech, said Trump came into Washington as an outsider. “I remember speaking with him during the transition where he really didn’t have the relationships within his own party, the Republican Party, that he probably needed at the start to get things done,” he said. Costa provided a timeline of how the current administration came to be and how those in the White House will move forward. Costa said the president has turned to using his executive power much like former President Barack Obama. “What I’m covering right now in Washington is a president who’s trying to navigate his own bases – a party that doesn’t really like him, the Democrats who are of course wary of him, to try to get something done,” Costa said.

Costa through his speech also showcased a calendar of private plane rides, early-morning phone calls and face-toface interaction with supporters of the presidential candidate. Trump’s online and public demeanor is also something that does not shock Costa. The journalist said the president has always been that way. “He knows his base loves that kind of behavior because they see it as authentic – an authentic outsider,” Costa said. “Other people recoil at the president’s behavior and say it’s out of line and unpresidential but his base loves it. This is a president who is driven by his base.” Costa also discussed the relationship between the press and the Trump administration. “I think it’s important for the press not to be the story,” he said. “This administration sometimes wants to make the press a target. It’s important as reporters for us to resist being baited into a political back and forth with any politician, whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican.” Costa also said news media needs to do a better job of listening to its audience. He said he loves traveling as a reporter because it gives him the opportunity to meet people around the country to hear their concerns as a reporter. “The institution of the media, the press, is so important for our democracy,” Costa said. “We have to protect our integrity. We need to do a better job listening to our audience.” Costa said his job is to report political stories, not become involved in the “po-

litical game.” “I try to resist getting political at all because it’s the role of us to put up a mirror of power,” he said. “To reveal power day in and day out in the political way. We fight for the truth. We fight for fact. We fight for news stories and information.” As for “fake news,” Costa said it exists, but there’s confusion on what is fake news and what is incorrect criticism. “Fake news is when people make things up, and they publish fake material,” he said. “It’s different when a political critic calls a story they don’t like fake. There’s fiction and then there’s people calling stories fake because they don’t like it.” Costa said he welcomed criticism from readers and critics because it helps the media do a better job, but the critique should be done fairly and not politically driven. “It’s our burden to get through the noise to try to provide people with actual stories,” he said. “Try to provide people with good information.” He said President Trump is different from almost every president the country has ever had, but that doesn’t change how journalists should do their work. David Vargas, a sophomore from the media communications, and journalism department, found out about the event online and decided to attend to gain perspective on his field. He wants to become a political journalist too. “Having someone here on campus that has gone that route has that knowledge, especially now with the presidency, I found it really interesting,” he said.

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The most helpful advice Costa gave, according to Vargas, was to always remember the purpose of journalism. “It’s not a matter of just defending your credibility. You just have to go out there and do your job. I found that helpful because there’s not a lot of journalists that state that,” Vargas said. Vargas said he wanted to ask Costa about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, (DACA), but he was unable to be heard due to time restrictions. “I would have asked him, what does he think President Trump’s true opinions on DACA are,” he said. Costa shared his email with the audience for those who had questions but couldn’t ask them. Vargas will be emailing him the question to stay in touch. Costa, who spent a few days in Fresno prior to Monday’s talk, said Fresno is “a special community.” “It’s been really great to know Dr. Castro and to see how the Central Valley is adjusting, as all of America is adjusting, to these changing times we’re living in, [and] what it means for people living here and to hear their perspective has been really great,” Costa said. Castro said the university was lucky to have a speaker like Costa visiting. It helps “demystify” what is happening in Washington, D.C., he said. “That will help our students, faculty, staff and alumni community better understand the forces at play today and what to expect in the future,” Castro said.



This Week In SPORTS

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Soccer vs Air Force 7 p.m. Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium

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Football at San Diego State 7:30 p.m. San Diego, California

Volleyball at Boise State 12 p.m. Save Mart Center

Soccer vs Colorado College 12 p.m. Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium


The rebuild is ahead of schedule PAWSPECTIVE from Page 8 San Diego State’s remaining schedule is fairly easy, so if Fresno State loses Saturday and wins out, the Aztecs would have the edge in the West division on the tiebreaker. No matter what happens the rest of the season, Fresno State should be in excellent position to compete for the Mountain West next year and even make national headlines. McMaryion is carving up defenses, and another year of development under new head coach Jeff Tedford can only make him better. The nonconference schedule will provide winnable but good looking games against Minnesota and UCLA. But for now, Fresno State has the chance to make some noise in the Mountain West starting Saturday. Even if the Bulldogs lose, they’ll continue to make progress in returning the program to a championship level.


Julia Glaser honored in conference, national level Sophomore forward Julia Glaser was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week and the NCAA Division 1 Women’s National Player of the Week by United Soccer Coaches on Tuesday. The awards are for games played from

Oct. 9 through Oct. 16. The United Soccer Coaches select a men’s and women’s Player of the Week for all of NCAA’s Divisions and junior colleges based on school and conference nominations.


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Glaser is Fresno State’s first National Player of the Week from the United Soccer Coaches in program history. In beating UNLV 4-1 on Friday, Glaser scored all four goals and tied the Fresno State program record for most goals

in a game. She also anchored the 3-1 win against the Wolf Pack on Sunday scoring two goals. Glaser also leads the Mountain West Conference with 13 goals and is ranked No. 4 in goals nationally.





Inside San Diego State football: A conversation with The Daily Aztec sports editor

By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

Fresno State sits at 4-2 after winning its first three Mountain West games, including a 38-0 shutout of New Mexico. Next in line is San Diego State, which was undefeated before losing at home to Boise State last weekend. The Collegian spoke with Zachary Engberg, the sports editor at San Diego State’s student-run newspaper, The Daily Aztec to discuss the upcoming game. Abraham Jewett, the assistant sports editor at The Daily Aztec, contributed to Engberg’s answers. DG: San Diego State was undefeated and had a great first half of the season, including wins against Pac-12 schools Stanford and Arizona State. Game 7 rolls around against Boise State, and the Aztecs get killed at home 31-14. What happened? ZE: I could take the easy way out and say it was a trap game, or that SDSU was too confident heading in, but in reality Boise State completely outmanned the Aztecs. The Broncos were bigger and stronger and played more like the King of Mountain West than the two-time defending conference champions. At the line of scrimmage, SDSU looked the part of a team starting four offensive linemen who had not started a game heading into the season. Rashaad Penny had 53 yards rushing, over 20 percent of which came on a 21-yard rush, his second carry of the game. If the Aztecs can’t run the ball well and control the pace of the game, they can’t win. DG: Does the season feel lost now, in the sense that San Diego State’s chances of reaching a New Year’s Six bowl game are much lower than before? ZE: In a lot of people’s eyes, yes. But that is an all-or-nothing attitude. Head coach Rocky Long says the same thing year after year – rarely ever do teams go undefeated. Some of the magic is certainly lost, as we saw in the closing moments of the Boise game, when fans began to file out of SDCCU Stadium. But the season is not lost. Hanging right outside the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll, SDSU still has a shot at winning the Mountain West and landing a marquee bowl. It is a long shot, but if Stanford, Arizona State and Boise continue to win, and if USF, Memphis and UCF fall, the Aztecs could end up in contention for a New Year’s Six bowl. Not to mention Penny, still second in the FBS in all-purpose


Saturday is key to ‘Dogs’ championship aspirations By Daniel Gligich @danielgligich

Saturday’s game against San Diego State will show how serious of a contender Fresno State is in the Mountain West.

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San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny (20) runs with the ball against UC Davis on Sept. 2, 2017 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Aztecs won 38-17. Penny ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns.

yards and the best football player at SDSU since Marshall Faulk. DG: Coming off the loss, what is the feeling around the program with the chance to jump into a rivalry game with Fresno State? ZE: Long as always preached a one game-at-a-time-attitude. The Aztecs are still having a great season, and moving onto a tough opponent like Fresno doesn’t give them a chance to dwell on the somewhat demoralizing loss. The goal of the season has always been to win a conference championship, and now the pressure is higher than ever to win this week. DG: With the Chargers’ move to L.A., have the Aztecs gained any popularity being the highest level of football in town? ZE: Absolutely. Even before the season started, the team adopted a “One City, One Team” slogan. The 49,023 fans in attendance for last week’s game against Boise was the school’s highest since a 2012 game

against the University of Hawaii. DG: How do you think the conference shapes up in the second half, and do you expect the Aztecs to win the championship? ZE: The Aztecs have a great chance of winning the conference, but in order to get to the championship game, they need to first take care of business this week. A couple of potentially tough tests remain, including when it’s our turn to take on New Mexico in the last game of the season, but there is a legitimate shot for this team to run the table. Colorado State poses a threat to Boise in the Mountain Division, but there would be no sweeter revenge than getting a shot at a rematch against the Broncos on their turf in the championship game. DG: Even though head coach Rocky Long is 67, if he leads San Diego State to its third-straight 11-win season, do you think he’ll entertain other job offers at bigger schools if they come calling?

ZE: Rocky has said nothing that would indicate this. He is a great coach and a proven winner. If he decided to move on to a bigger school, it would be a sad day for our program, but I would respect his decision and remain a supporter. DG: San Diego State always seems to have a great running back, and Rashaad Penny is this year’s version. Is shutting him down the key to beating the Aztecs? ZE: The Aztecs’ offense goes through Penny, and containing him would go a long way in helping the Bulldogs’ chances. He is a big part of this offense and team, but the Aztecs are far from one dimensional. Junior quarterback Christian Chapman has been solid this season under center, and can surprise some people with his arm. DG: What is your game prediction? ZE: The Aztecs will move on and avoid another letdown, taking care of business with a 24-10 victory. The Old Oil Can stays with SDSU.

Fresno State looks to be ahead of schedule in its rebuild at 4-2, already equaling the total number of wins from the past two seasons combined. Now is the perfect time for the Bulldogs to strike against San Diego State, who just got beat up at home against Boise State. The Bulldogs are coming off their second shutout of the season – a 38-0 beatdown of New Mexico. Is this a team that will win six or seven games and end up in the middle of the pack in the Mountain West? Or is this a team that can compete for the conference championship? What’s changed from last season? Well, everything.

The defense is giving up just 20 points per game, tied for 30th nationally, and only 10.3 points in Mountain West games. The defense ranks even better in total yards allowed per game – 21st in the country, and the run defense ranks 14th. The offensive line is looking like it did under former head coach Pat Hill, opening up holes for running backs Ronnie Rivers, Josh Hokit and Jordan Mims. The line not only held its own against the top talent of Alabama, but physically outplayed the Crimson Tide’s four- and five-star athletes on the defensive line. Quarterback Marcus McMaryion took over the starting job at the start of Mountain West play and hasn’t looked back.

The only thing that hasn’t changed from last year is that wide receiver KeeSean Johnson continues to play like he’s former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson. After Saturday, the remaining games in order are UNLV, BYU, Hawaii, Wyoming and Boise State. If the Bulldogs beat San Diego State, running the table is not out of the question. Fresno State should beat UNLV, BYU and Hawaii, who have a combined 6-14 record. The most challenging games will be at Wyoming and at home against Boise State. The Cowboys and Broncos are both 4-2.


October 18, 2017  
October 18, 2017