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Bulldogs can’t possibly be thinking upset, can they?

Steve Yingling

Bulldogs, why even bother leaving Fresno this weekend?

Just enjoy the mild temperatures in Fresno by scheduling a team picnic at Woodward Park? I hear the smog in Los Angeles is thicker than normal and there just isn’t a safe place to park a charter bus next to the Coliseum on a Saturday night.

Word is that the Trojans are hoping you don’t show up, so they can have a two-week fall break before making last-minute preparations for crosstown rival UCLA on Dec. 3.

Moreover, I hear USC quarterback Matt Leinhart has spent some extra time dancing the past few weekends. As a result, his professor will allow him to miss his weekly Ballroom Dancing class on Friday so he can relax before Saturday’s game.

For the past several years, naive team after naive team has ventured into the Coliseum and gotten “Bush-whacked.” With a Pac-10 record 32 straight victories, you’d think a team from a midmajor football conference would know by now it’s just not worth the investment of scheduling the unbeatable Trojans.

USC has become the Harlem Globetrotters of college football.

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How do you plan to contain an offense that is averaging 577.6 yards and 48.4 points per game and has enough weapons to retool the 49ers and Texans so they can actually score points next season?

Did your coach, Pat Hill, really have USC in mind when he said, “We’ll take on anybody, any place, any time?”

The oddsmakers in Las Vegas are rarely wrong and are listing you as a 241Ú2-point underdog. Why not say you played the Trojans to a 0-0 tie and keep everyone healthy going into that big WAC showdown with Nevada the following week?

The Bowl Championship Series knows precisely what to make of your 8-1 record. The never-wrong BCS has you ranked No. 17, trailing four teams with two defeats and even one with three losses. Rodney Dangerfield used to get more respect than that.

Even the USC walk-ons are on to your facade.

“Fresno State has been playing real well,” said freshman redshirt linebacker Nick Garratt of South Lake Tahoe. “They are almost like the USC of the WAC. We see these guys very capable of beating anybody, but it just won’t be us.”

All that nonsense said, USC better be careful on Saturday night. The Bulldogs’ only loss was a three-point defeat at No. 10 Oregon, a game Fresno State’s top defensive player – Garrett McIntyre – missed because of injury. And didn’t USC trail Oregon at halftime earlier this season?

To say that the two-time defending national champion Trojans (10-0) are ripe for upset is an understatement.

Let’s just hope that the BCS has the vision to rank the Bulldogs among the top eight teams after their shocker on Saturday night.

– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling can be reached at (530) 542-8010 or syingling@tahoedailytribune.com