USC Projected to Play in Las Vegas Bowl vs. Fresno State

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College football’s regular season is over, and today we’ll find out where everyone is going bowling. For USC, that looks to be a familiar city not too far away: Las Vegas.

CBS Sports’s Jerry Palm is one of many who have the Trojans meeting the 11-1 Fresno State Bulldogs in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on December 21st.

The official announcement is set to come after the BCS selection show, which airs at 5:30 p.m. Pacific tonight, on ESPN.

Following the announcement, USC will provide access to the purchasing of bowl tickets from the Trojans’ allotment. More information on the tickets through the USC ticket office will be available here, at that time.

Should the Trojans meet Fresno State as projected, it would be the second ever bowl meeting between the two California schools.

The first isn’t one that the Trojans like to remember.

Fresno State, a big underdog, beat the No. 23 Trojans 24-7 in the 1992 Freedom Bowl, which ultimately sealed the fate of Larry Smith. Until last year’s loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, the Freedom Bowl loss was strongly considered to be the lowest point in USC bowl history.

USC and Fresno State have met just one other time, that being the famed Reggie Bush game in 2005. The Trojans won 50-42 over the No. 16 Bulldogs in an extremely wild shootout.

Both teams have played in just one Las Vegas Bowl to date, each recording a loss to Utah.

Topics: Football, USC Trojans

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