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USC vs Fresno State College Football Preview

The Fresno State Bulldogs travel to Pasadena to face the Trojans of USC at Los Angeles Memorial stadium. This game features two teams that faced each other in their last game at the Las Vegas Bowl. USC blew away Fresno State 45-20. Fresno State was coming off a sensational season before they lost to USC, the Bulldogs were 11-2 in all. They had the more passing yards per game then any other team in the nation at 394.8 yards a game passing. They also had one of the highest scoring offenses in the country, scoring more then 43 points per game. The Trojans managed to go 10-4 last season, including their bowl game victory over the Bulldogs. However, USC lost a few key games including against Notre Dame. USC comes into this game ranked 15th in the preseason polls, so expectations will be high.

Keys for the Fresno State Bulldogs:

  • The Bull Dogs lost their star QB Derek Carr that everybody saw coming. Brian Burnell or transfer Brandon Connette will be starting under center for Fresno State. Both will have to pick out mostly new receivers to throw to.
  • One of the returning receivers, Josh Harper, did have 1011 yards and 13 touchdowns, so he will be the receiver to watch this year.

Keys for the USC Trojan’s

  • Last season WR Nelson Agholor had 94 yards and two scores, so the Bulldogs will surely have their eyes on him. If Agholor gets open we might see him put up big numbers again.
  • Sophomore RB Justin Davis impressed all the way until midseason last year when he was injured. This season he will start and try to remain healthy for his Trojan teammates.

Injuries

  • USC

o   RB Tre Madden

o   DB Josh Shaw

Favorite/Odds: USC by 4 points

This will certainly be an exciting matchup between two fast tempo high scoring teams. Fresno State wants revenge on this USC team, but they will be the underdog going in to LA. USC needs to prove why they received the 15th spot in the ranksings.

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