Fresno State Bulldogs vs. USC Trojans
Fresno State finished last season with an 11-2 record and defeated Utah State in the Mountain West Conference championship game. The Bulldogs finished the year with a loss to USC in the Las Vegas Bowl. Now, the teams will meet again to start the 2014 season. It will be the first game for new USC coach Steve Sarkisian.
Details for Saturday's game are below:
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: FOX
Fresno State Bulldogs facts
Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter is entering his third year as the Bulldogs head coach. DeRuyter has led the team to a 20-5 record in the previous two seasons.
The Bulldogs have won nine of their last 10 season openers, but the team is 0-5 all-time against ranked teams in Week 1. Fresno State has also lost 16 straight games to teams who are ranked in the top 25.
Fresno State returns 16 starters from last season's team, which set the school record for most wins in a season as they went on to win their second straight MWC title.
The Bulldogs hold just a 25-40 record against Pac-12 schools.
36 players on the Fresno State roster are from the Los Angeles area, including star safety Derron Smith.
USC Trojans facts:
The Trojans will be entering their first season under head coach Steve Sarkisian, who returns to USC after a four-year stint with the Pac-12 rival Washington Huskies.
USC returns 18 starters in 2014, including eight offensive players, eight defensive players and the starting specialists. Fifty-one players on the current USC roster were members of the team that defeated Fresno State in the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl.
This weekend will mark the first time in nearly 100 years that the Trojans have played the same team in consecutive games.
The all-time series between USC and Fresno State is even at 1-1. USC held a 2-1 lead in the series, but a 2005 victory was vacated because of NCAA sanctions.
- Josh Sanchez