On Saturday, USC was rewarded for surviving one of the most difficult seasons in their history when it was announced that they will meet the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday, Dec. 21 in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl.
After going 9-4—primarily under Lane Kiffin and then with interim head coach Ed Orgeron at the helm—the Trojans' 2014 season was a study in perseverance for a team that has had to surmount a roller coaster of emotions as well as a ton of injuries to an NCAA sanction-depleted roster.
Now they will meet the 11-1 Bulldogs, a very good team with something to prove.
Following 2012 when an uninspired USC was spanked by Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, the question now is whether or not the Trojans can muster a focused effort against FSU in 2013.
Will USC rise once again in 2013, as they have so many times already this year?
This slideshow will take a look at what Trojan fans should expect from their team against the Bulldogs.
Can USC win one more for the old coaching staff before it leaves for good?
Let's find out.