When Fresno State takes the field at the Coliseum on Saturday, the Bulldogs will be 13.5-point underdogs against USC.
“I don’t really care about the point spread,” said head coach Jeff Tedford. “We’re going into play a great football team. We have a lot of respect for them. We have a lot of respect for the venue, the Coliseum. It really doesn’t matter, to tell you the truth. It wouldn’t matter if we were favored or not favored. we’re going to play football one play at a time and give it our best effort and see what happens.”
That’s all they can do.
And the Bulldogs don’t control the point spread, as everyone knows. But at least one player on the team was fired up when asked about USC being a big favorite.
“Thank you, I love it. I love it. Thank you,” smiled senior defensive tackle Jasad Haynes. “The reason why I love being an underdog because it means you’re taking us lightly. And we come in there and whup…bottom line is I can’t wait.
“I appreciate whoever said that, two-touchdown underdog. Thank you. Thank you for real, thank you.”
Saturday’s game will be the fifth all-time meeting between Fresno State and USC. The Trojans lead the series, 3-1. The first time these teams played was in the 1992 Freedom Bowl, won by Fresno State. The last time they played was in the 2014 season opener.
After Saturday, the next time they’ll play is on September 17th, 2022. They are also scheduled to play on August 30th, 2025.