USC football's Week 3 game against Fresno State kicks off at 7:30 p.m. PST on Saturday, September 17th. The game will be nationally televised on FOX, so luckily differing local listings won't matter. As long as one has FOX, then of course they know they will get the game. The channel numbers may be different, but everybody gets the same national broadcast.
It doesn't completely make up for the 7:30 p.m. PST start time, but at least makes it accessible to everyone all over the country if they're awake. If one needs a coverage map of college football's Week 3 slate, and see where exactly USC lands, that can be done just by simply clicking here. As far as the announcers for the game, USC will get Noah Eagle and Mark Helfrich.
Of course, that means Eagle will be the play-by-play announcer, and Helfrich will be the color guy. Helfrich coached against USC twice as the Oregon head coach. He blew USC out in 2015, and got blown out by USC in 2016. He was the head coach there from 2013 to 2016. USC doesn't get the first string broadcast duo for FOX, but will still be on the network.
USC football will likely win against Fresno State.
USC football is 4-1 against Fresno State all-time, and is most likely going to advance to 5-1 after Saturday. While Fresno State does have an intriguing offense led by impressive Quarterback Jake Haener (74.7 completion percentage this year with three scores and no picks), they're tied for 65th in points per game (33.5).
They rack up a good amount of yards, and are actually tied with USC for 12th in the nation in yards per game (521.5). The problem is that they don't finish off drives the way USC does, as USC has averaged 20 more points than them this year (first in the country). Winning a shootout against this USC team is what the Bulldogs will need to do, and that is not easy.
Especially if USC QB Caleb Williams continues to play the way he has this season. Williams has completed 79.6 percent of his passes (second in college football) and for 12.03 yards per pass attempt (third in the nation).
He was the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week last week after completing 20 of 27 passes for 341 yards and four passing touchdowns. If he looks like that same player against Fresno State, it's going to be a very long day for the Bulldogs.