Enter the Warzone, headed to Vegas and feeling lucky.
** Jesse Palmer and David Pollack, two guys who have bad-mouthed and belittled the Bulldogs all season, are sharing color analyst duties for the Las Vegas Bowl.
You know what that means: If USC wins, Fresno State was a fraud all along.
And if Fresno State wins, the Trojans were unmotivated and distracted.
** Then again, what do you expect from a couple SEC honks?
People like that don't like being reminded college football is played west of Texas and Oklahoma.
** After not having a game on network television (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) since 1981, the Bulldogs make it two in a row Saturday afternoon.
Exposure is awesome ... unless you get exposed.
** USC has at least five players who may forgo college eligibility to enter the draft.
You wonder where their minds will be in the bowl. Probably on giving NFL scouts something to remember on film.
** Same goes for Fresno State's Davante Adams. Except his highlight reel already runneth over.
** Not sure why we keep seeing the Fresno State and USC series record as 1-1 when the NCAA nullified the Trojans' victory in 2005.
Just like those 49 wins that disappeared from the Bulldogs basketball team between 1999 and '01.
** Asked Bulldogs linebacker Ejiro Ederaine, who is from Corona, if he was a USC fan growing up.
"I hated USC," he said. "I was a Cal fan."
Ederaine is a criminal law enforcement major. Not geography.
** Wish we could tell you who Fresno State's starting quarterback will be in 2014.
For certain, though, Myles Carr will run an Oregon-style speed option. Whether it's a major part of the offense or just a wrinkle remains to be seen.
** When you think about it, Las Vegas is the perfect place to host a bowl.
Fans of the winning team can party all night while the losers drown their sorrows.
** In losses to Utah and Cal, the Bulldogs basketball team was outmanned but never out-efforted.
In other words, same ol' same ol'.
** Bob Mariano, returning for a third season with the Fresno Grizzlies, is one of those guys who always is in an upbeat mood.
Which isn't easy when you're a Triple-A manager.
** There's speculation Brett Pill could be the odd man out today when the Giants add Mike Morse to the 40-man roster.
Nice to see Pill get a chance with a team that would actually play him.
** Two Bakersfield high schools are playing for state championships this weekend.
Reno Hightower couldn't be more proud.
** Alex Smith's five touchdown passes against the Raiders traveled a total of 13 yards downfield, including screens caught behind the line.
Heard of a short-passing game before, but that's a dwarf.
** The Cowboys surrendered five consecutive touchdown drives to a quarterback (Matt Flynn) who has been waived by three teams since 2012.
But the loss was all Tony Romo's fault.
** For no particular reason: Brad Budde
** The Warzone isn't much of a gambler.
Except when it comes to questionable jokes. Then he's all in.
** The following conversation recently took place on Twitter:
Us: Did you draw the Derek Carr pic yourself? Nice likeness.
Follower whose avatar looks like Carr: lol
Us: lol, but you didn't answer my question!
Him: haha it's a drawing of myself!!
Us: Are you Derek?
Him: wouldn't be bad.
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