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2014: Fresno State Friday Night Video

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The Steve Sarkisian era begins today and the Trojans are ready to get back to football. #TurnUpSC

Here is the Fresno State Friday Night Video: 

Game Day: USC vs. Fresno State

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Whether you're watching the game inside the Coliseum, on your couch or on the go, the Trojan Family will have no shortage of options to stay connected to everything going on between USC and Fresno State.

First, get your cell phone loaded with the USC GameDay app, which covers all the Coliseum ins and outs, and the TuneIn app, so you can listen to the radio broadcast from start to finish, including the extended two-hour pregame show and two-hour post-game show.

Then, check out USCTrojans.com which turns into GameDay Central every football Saturday featuring our live Tunnel Vision pregame show streamed straight from the Coliseum turf (starting at 3:30 p.m. PT) plus a live chat and GameTracker.  To contribute to the GameDay Central page, tag your Twitter and Instagram posts with #FightOn.

Inside the stadium, the video board will feature fan driven content both pregame using #USCSelfie and during the game with #FightOn.  Also, follow @USC_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram for updates, photos and videos.

For post-game coverage, wait out the traffic to enjoy the Peristyle Post-Game show live at the Coliseum hosted by All-American Shaun Cody and Kelli Tennant.  Plus, return to the RipsIt Blog and all our social media outlets for notes, quotes and a full multimedia blitz.

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2014 Game 1: USC vs. Fresno State

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Fresno State (0-0) at No. 15 USC Trojans (0-0)

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 4:30 p.m. PT on FOX

Bulldog to Watch: Senior FS Derron Smith

Smith-Lee.jpgFor the first time in nearly 100 years, the Trojans are facing the same opponent in back-to-back games, but this version of Fresno State will look different than the high octane outfit led by Derek Carr in last year's Las Vegas Bowl.  The 2014 Bulldogs feature a hard-nosed defense with Smith (pictured) running air traffic control.  He enters the season as the national leader in career interceptions (14), and he is the preseason Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

Click here for more on the Bulldogs.

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Tunnel Vision

USC had a nearly silent Fall Camp until all of the sudden game week sprung a pair of controversies.  Unfortunately, most of these Trojans are all too used to dealing with adversity and turmoil.  But on the flip side, they are pros at blocking out the noise and focusing on the game.  If the Trojans concentrate on the task at hand, they should have the talent advantage to open the Steve Sarkisian era with a victory.

The Big Five

While Fall Camp revealed many answers, the offensive line is still a work in progress particularly on the right side.  LT Chad Wheeler and C Max Tuerk are the veteran stalwarts and freshman LG Toa Lobendahn appears wise beyond his years, but the right side will feature a rotating cast of characters including RG candidates Damien Mama, Khaliel Rodgers and Viane Talamaivao, and RT options Zach Banner, Aundrey Walker and Nathan Guertler.  While Fresno State is a worthy challenger, Stanford's renowned physicality is on the horizon, so the Trojans will want to be a solid fist on "The Farm."

Growing Up Fast

Sarkisian estimated that he will play 10-11 freshmen this season with the hopes of redshirting the rest.  Plus, several redshirt freshmen and transfers will make their Coliseum debuts on Saturday.  The young Trojans have no time to be awed by the bright lights in the big stadium.  On a more veteran team, freshmen like JuJu Smith, Ajene Harris and Adoree' Jackson would be luxury items brought along over time, but these talented teens need to be ready to go from Jump Street.

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Dawn of a New Era

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USC vs. Fresno St. on FOX

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USC will open the 2014 season on FOX against Fresno State, so the Trojan Family across the nation can watch the game. 


FREE Car Wash at USC Games

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Our Helpful Honda friends are helping out the Trojan Family this fall by giving out 100 FREE car washes to participating fans.

Click here to sign-up!

After filling out the form and receiving your confirmation, the car wash is located in Parking Lot 3 off 39th Street and Vermont. Keep an eye out for Helpful SoCal Honda Car Wash signs, or ask a Helpful SoCal Honda Ambassador for directions.

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Z for Zamperini

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USC will honor the late great Louis Zamperini all season long by placing a Z sticker on the back of the football helmet.

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On-Campus Trojan Game Day Experience

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Fans descending upon campus this Saturday to enjoy the pregame festivities should check out the university's new website, which describes family-friendly activities, dining options, tailgating procedures and traffic and parking updates.

Click here to see the new site.

The university has carved out an area on-campus for the Trojan Game Day Experience, which is free and open to the public in Alumni Park. With the themes of "Enjoy Responsibly, Feast On Safely and Celebrate Courteously," the University aims to keep the campus a safe, welcoming and enjoyable environment for all who visit on football game days.

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Pac-12 Previews USC

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Pac-12 Networks was here last week previewing the Trojans' 2014 season, and they unlocked that digital content today so everyone can watch it.

Click here to see the show.

Plus, the conference network previewed USC's season opener against Fresno State, which you can watch below.


Fresno State Thursday: Sark Presser

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Thursday practices are closed to the media this season, but there was little to no football talk today anyway when Steve Sarkisian held his morning press conference.