SEATTLE (AP) — When Jeff Tedford told Chris Petersen he was leaving his role as an offensive consultant with Washington to take the head coaching job at Fresno State, Petersen was all for it. There was just one little matter to take care of before Tedford left Seattle.
"I didn’t even know we were playing those guys until he got the job and everybody said, ‘Take his playbook,’" Petersen recalled. "I was chuckling until someone told me we actually played them and I’m like, ‘Yeah, you’d better get his playbook.’ But by then it was probably too late."
Tedford will bring his Bulldogs (1-1) to Seattle to face No. 6 Washington (2-0) on Saturday and complete one of the more brutal two-game road trips in recent college football history. Fresno State played last week at No. 1 Alabama and now face the other team from that national semifinal a season ago.
That would be a monumental task for an experienced Power Five program to play those two programs on consecutive weeks, let alone a smaller conference school getting acquainted to a new head coach.
"It’s all the things that go into it. It’s the quickness. It’s the speed, all that," Tedford said. "It’s important to get recovery after a game like Alabama that was so physical. There were a lot of heavy shots in that game. A lot of guys got bruised and battered a little bit, but that’s what recovery is for. … But it’s going to be another physical game, no doubt about it."
Fresno State got punched right away against Alabama, watching Jalen Hurts scamper 55 yards for a touchdown 39 seconds into the game. The Bulldogs trailed 14-3 after one quarter and 28-3 at halftime.
Washington would love to emulate that kind of start. The…
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