Tim DeRuyter hasnt been the football coach at Fresno State for a year yet.
After this season, he wont even be in the same conference as Boise State.
In the big picture of his tenure with the Bulldogs however long it lasts Saturdays game on the blue turf against No. 24 Boise State shouldnt figure prominently.
But it will. And he knows it.
The Bulldogs struggles against the Broncos 1-10 since 2001, when they began playing in the same conference were a factor in the demise of former coach Pat Hill.
I think this game has been a barometer for our program the last few years and its part of the reason why some people were disenchanted, DeRuyter told The Fresno Bee. Were making some strides. But I think in a lot of peoples minds in the city of Fresno and in the (San Joaquin) Valley, they want to see how we stack up this year, and thats going to be our challenge to our guys: Who are we? We think we have a chance to be pretty good. Lets find out on Saturday.
Or, as linebacker Patrick Sua told the Bee: Im tired of it. Theyre a great team. Theyve got a good program. But its the new 2012 Bulldogs football team here. Weve got a new strategy, new plays, new players, same players with new abilities. I want it done. Were going to go get it.
That hunger can be powerful and its one reason the high-scoring Bulldogs could be a threat to the Broncos, who won the past two meetings by a combined 101 points.
The Broncos, who have held the Milk Can trophy since winning the rivalry game in 2006, have taken note of the Bulldogs new passion and they say theyll match it.
Any time a team is dominating like these guys have been, theyre going to play with that different swagger, Boise State senior linebacker J.C. Percy said. It shows up on tape, it shows up in the media. It shows up everywhere.
Chadd Cripe: 377-6398, Twitter: @IDS_BroncoBeat