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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19:  Joe Fernandez #84 of the Fresno State Bulldogs makes a catch for a touchdown against  Justin Wyatt #29 of the USC Trojans during the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Fresno State, USC announce new 3-game series

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Fresno State can tell recruits it will play at least one Power 5 opponent in each of the next eight seasons after amounting a new scheduling agreement with USC.

The Trojans will host the Bulldogs in 2019, 2022 and 2025.

USC leads the all-time series between the California schools 3-1, including comfortable victories in 2013 and ’14.

Prior to that, the Bulldogs memorably challenged a loaded USC squad featuring Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush in a 2005 clash. Fresno State led 42-41 in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans prevailed 50-42.

Fresno State’s only win in the series came in the 1992 Freedom Bowl when quarterback Trent Dilfer engineered a 24-7 triumph.

Taking on power conference teams is nothing new for Fresno State, which is set to play at Nebraska on Sept. 3.

The Bulldogs will play at Alabama and Washington next season, at Minnesota and UCLA in 2018 and host Minnesota in 2019. In 2020, they have a trip to Texas A&M on the docket while 2021 includes visits to Oregon and UCLA.

After the 2022 tilt with the Trojans, the Bulldogs will travel to Arizona State in 2023.

UTEP confirms addition of ex-Fresno State QB Zack Greenlee

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In January, Fresno State announced that Zack Greenlee had decided to transfer out of the Bulldogs program.  Three months later, the quarterback revealed via Twitter that he would be transferring to UTEP.

Two months later, that move has been confirmed.

In a press release, UTEP announced that Greenlee has indeed been added to the Miners’ football roster.  As a graduate transfer, Greenlee is eligible to play immediately in 2016.

As an added bonus for both the player and team, Greenlee has a year of eligibility he can use in 2017.

Greenlee started last season as Fresno State’s  starter, but wound up losing the job shortly after serving a suspension. All told, Greenlee started five games in 2015 after entering the year with one career start.

In the games in which he did play, Greenlee completed just under 47 percent of his 156 passes for 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.  Six of those touchdowns came in a 42-14 win over Hawaii, while five of his six interceptions came in the last three games of the year.

Greenlee was a three-star member of the Bulldogs’ 2013 recruiting class.

UTEP the landing spot for ex-Fresno State QB Zach Greenlee

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Nearly three months after leaving a Mountain West school, Zack Greenlee has landed at one in Conference USA.

On his Twitter account late Saturday night, Greenlee announced that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at UTEP.  Greenlee joins the Miners as a graduate transfer, which means he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2016.

As an added bonus for UTEP?  Greenlee will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Greenlee started last season as Fresno State’s  starter, but wound up losing the job shortly after serving a suspension. All told, Greenlee started five games in 2015 after entering the year with one career start.

In the games in which he did play, Greenlee completed just under 47 percent of his 156 passes for 13 touchdowns and six interceptions.  Six of those touchdowns came in a 42-14 win over Hawaii, while five of his six interceptions came in the last three games of the year.

Greenlee was a three-star member of the Bulldogs’ 2013 recruiting class.

Fresno State adds road trips to Arizona State and Texas A&M to future schedules

Arizona State running back Demario Richard (4) fumbles the ball as he is hit by the Texas A&M defense in the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Houston. Texas A&M recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/George Bridges)
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Fresno State is busy arranging more future games against power conference opponents. On Thursday the school announced future road games against Texas A&M and Arizona State to be played in 2020 and 2023, respectively.

Fresno State is scheduled to play at Texas A&M on September 26, 2020. The Bulldogs will visit Arizona State on September 16, 2023. It was reported yesterday Fresno State has agreed to a future game against Oregon to be played in Eugene on September 4, 2021.

“These games offer Fresno State the continued opportunity to showcase Bulldog football across the country against elite competition,” Fresno State director of athletics Jim Bartko said in a released statement. “They reflect our scheduling philosophy to create opportunities to produce necessary income and bring long-term consistency in our scheduling model.”

Fresno State will play at least one opponent from a power conference each season through 2023, with the lone exception right now being 2020. No non-conference games have been announced for Fresno State for the 2022 season.

The addition of Fresno State to the schedule for Texas A&M does not satisfy the non-conference scheduling requirement in the SEC for the Aggies, but that requirement is already met with a game scheduled against former Big 12 foe Colorado, now of the Pac-12. The addition of Fresno State in 2020 does complete Texas A&M’s non-conference slate (games are also scheduled against North Texas and Abilene Christian).

Arizona State has no such non-conference scheduling obligation to include a power conference opponent in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils, however, are scheduled to venture into SEC territory with a road trip to LSU on September 9, 2023.

Report: Oregon adding Fresno State to 2021 schedule

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, left, gets past Fresno State defender Shawn Plummer during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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The Oregon Ducks will open the 2021 season at home against Fresno State. The Ducks and Bulldogs will square off in Autzen Stadium on September 4, 2021 according to a report from FBSchedules.com. Oregon will pay Fresno State $950,000 for the game.

The Pac-12 has no power conference scheduling requirement similar to the non-conference scheduling requirements found in the ACC, Big Ten or SEC. The Ducks, though, have at least one power conference opponent lined up each season through 2021 with the exception of 2018 (for now). The week after hosting Fresno State in 2021, Oregon will be on the road to play Ohio State. That is the second game in a previously arranged home-and-home series between the Big Ten and Pac-12 powers and first College Football Playoff national championship game participants. Oregon hosts Ohio State the previous season on September 12, 2020.

Oregon also plays Virginia and Nebraska this fall, Nebraska again in 2017, Auburn in Arlington, Texas in 2019 and BYU in 2022. Oregon has two scheduling vacancies in 2018 to fill.

Oregon will be Fresno State’s second Pac-12 opponent in 2021, and both will be played on the road. The Bulldogs head to UCLA the following week after playing the Ducks. Fresno State will play at Nebraska this year and is loaded in 2017 with road games at Alabama and Washington and a home game against BYU. Fresno State also plays Minnesota and UCLA in 2018 and Minnesota and Colorado in 2019.