Olin Buchanan Rivals.com College Football Senior Writer
Fresno State often boasts it will play anybody, any time, anywhere.
The Bulldogs will prove it this season, especially the "anywhere" part.
They will travel more than 18,000 miles round trip for their seven road games this season. The Bulldogs' season-opener at Rutgers is the nation's longest drivable trip, at 2,891 miles one way. Fresno also will travel 2,376 miles one way for a Sept. 20 game against Toledo.
MILES TO GO BEFORE I PLAY
The longest round-trip travel for conference games:
ACC: Boston College at Florida State, 2,634 miles
Big East: Syracuse at USF, 2,452 miles
Big Ten: Penn State at Iowa, 1,558 miles
Big 12: Colorado at Texas A&M, 1,906 miles
Conference USA: UTEP at East Carolina, 3,816
Mid-American: Temple at Central Michigan, 1,428 miles
Mountain West: San Diego State at TCU, 2,642 miles
Pac-10: Washington at Arizona, 3,154 miles
SEC: Florida at Arkansas, 1,912 miles
Sun Belt: FIU at North Texas, 2,720 miles
Western Athletic: Idaho at Louisiana Tech, 4,348 miles
Fresno State's games at Rutgers, Toledo, UCLA, Utah State, Louisiana Tech, San Jose State and Boise State will cover at estimated 18,190 miles.
On the other end of the spectrum is N.C. State, which travels the least of the I-A schools. The Wolfpack have five road games, leave their home state just three times and never cross more than one state line en route to traveling 1,734 miles.
N.C. State's longest trek is a 584-mile round trip to Clemson. The Wolfpack travels less than 100 total miles for games at North Carolina and Duke.
Houston will make the shortest road trip of the season, when it travels 8 miles one way to play crosstown rival Rice in a Conference USA game on Nov 29.
As for Fresno fans who truly want to drive to all the games, the American Automobile Association says the average price for a gallon of gasoline currently is $3.80. Therefore, a person driving a vehicle that gets 20 miles per gallon would spend about $3,456 in fuel costs this season. An N.C. State fans who wants to drive to each game? Figure about $330 in fuel.