LAS VEGAS – While Fresno State and USC once had dreams of playing in a Bowl Championship Series game, local officials could never have dreamed of such a matchup in the Las Vegas Bowl.

But that is exactly the case, as the Trojans and Bulldogs will meet in the 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Sam Boyd Stadium.

“The matchup is better than we could have hoped for,” said Dan Hanneke, Executive Director of the Las Vegas Bowl on the KXNT Morning News. “It’s exciting any time you have a program like the University of Southern California on your home turf. And Fresno State has been ranked all season and is a great program. Two California teams who recruit the same kids. It should be a lot of fun.”

Fresno State is 11-1, while USC is 9-4. The game will be televised nationally on ABC.


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