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.