USC football's game today against Fresno State is one that better not be missed by any Trojan fans. This is a chance for USC, who is ranked No. 7 in the nation, move up to the top five in the country with a win as they advance to a 3-0 record. If anyone can't watch the game on TV (FOX), be sure to get a free trial to FuboTV, so that everyone's able to at least watch the game online.
It's going to be a great one. While USC is the team with the elite ranking, it's important to remember that Fresno State is most certainly not a disappointing opponent. The Bulldogs won 10 games last year, earning their head coach at the time (Kalen DeBoer) a Power 5 job at Washington. The current head coach, Jeff Tedford, has won 10 or more games in Fresno twice before as the head coach.
If USC wants to secure this win, they're going to have to run up the score early and often, in case the defense struggles. USC is first in the country right now with 53.5 points per game. The defense has done some things very well too, such as force four turnovers in each game. That being said, they've also allowed the same amount of points per game (21) as Fresno State.
USC football and Fresno State are both tied for 59th in the nation in points per game allowed.
It will likely be a lot tougher for Fresno State to overcome their defensive struggles than it would be for USC football, though. That's because while USC's offense has been going off for those 53.5 points per game and 8.62 yards per play (also first in the country), the Bulldogs are tied for 65th in the country with 33.5 points per game scored and outside the top 20 in yards per play (6.91).
That being said, don't be surprised if the game is a bit closer than what it is expected by many others to be. Solid Fresno State QB Jake Haener has talked this week about how the Monte Vista (Danville, California) product always wanted a USC offer, and didn't get one.
He'll be playing with a chip on his shoulder, and their entire team would want nothing more than to play spoiler on a USC team that may finally be back.