While Jeff Tedford, Jake Haener, and the Fresno State Bulldogs prepare for the biggest game on their 2022 calendars, it’s not looking like they’ll get any bulletin board material from the Trojans of USC.
Tuesday, following the Trojans’ practice, newly-minted head coach Lincoln Riley addressed reporters about his team’s dominating performance over Stanford.
Then he turned to Saturday’s match-up against Tedford and the Bulldogs.
Fresno State, fresh off an excruciating last-second loss to fellow Pac-12 member Oregon State, has made a recent habit of taking down Power Five programs on the ascension in the AP Poll.
Last season, the ‘Dogs toppled then-13th-ranked UCLA at the Rose Bowl 40-37.
Riley, for his part, acknowledged the pedigree of the Bulldogs squad traveling to the Los Angeles Coliseum this weekend.
“They’re good everywhere. They’re very experienced. They know how to win,” Riley told reporters. “They’ve obviously got a staff there of guys that are extremely experienced and know how to get it done at this level. I think [they’re] always some of the toughest types of teams because you just don’t identify a ton of weaknesses on tape. And you know you’ve got to be on your game.”
Fresno State kicks off against USC at the Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be broadcast on FOX.