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Fresno State no match for USC in any facet

If this is how its conference champion looks, the Mountain West isn’t close to average on a national scale. Fresno State was never in its 45-20 loss to Southern California in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, never competitive at Sam Boyd Stadium against a No. 5 selection out of the Pac-12, never close to being on an even level of size, speed, strength, skill and execution.

Wise NFL team will hand keys to Carr

The NFL agent was talking about the inevitability of comparison between draft choices past and present, about how scouts and general managers might look down on a wide receiver from one school because others from it had failed, about how they might downgrade a linebacker because his was a college system that doesn’t always transfer successfully to the pros.

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Petersen enjoys being big fish at Boise State

It was a few seconds past 5 p.m. Monday in the Rush Tower lobby of the Golden Nugget downtown. Boise State football coach Chris Petersen and his Arizona State counterpart, the soon-to-be-unemployed Dennis Erickson, were smiling for the traditional photo one always sees before bowl games, the one with the team helmets and the trophy in the foreground. At least this time, the showgirls stayed home.