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Trojans top Sun Devils 38-17


USC coach Lane Kiffin described it as continued “bad karma” in a week replete with controversy after a student manager was fired for deflating game balls during the first half of last Saturday’s defensive debacle against Oregon. Only 45 minutes before kickoff, sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee entered Kiffin’s office with a swollen face after […]

Barkley owes it to USC to stay


USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley will no doubt have plenty of people in his ear over the next several weeks until the deadline to declare for the 2012 NFL draft comes in early January. Go for the money, they’ll say. Stay for the pride. Go to fulfill your dream of playing at the highest level. […]

Game rewind: UCLA


The set up: USC, fresh off a monumental win in Oregon the week before, played host to its crosstown rival UCLA for the city championship. Technically, the Pac-12 South Division title was on the line. While the Bruins had already clinched their status as south “representatives” because of the Trojans’ bowl ban, an upset of USC and they would […]

Four burning questions: UCLA


No. 10 USC (9-2, 6-2) closes out the 2011 campaign against crosstown rival UCLA (6-5, 5-3) after an emotional 38-35 victory over then No. 4 Oregon. The Trojans have defeated the Bruins in 11 of the last 12 meetings, and UCLA has not won at the LA Coliseum since 1997. Can Robert Woods make a […]

Game rewind: Oregon


The set up: Does it even need to be explained? The Ducks were ranked 4th in the BCS. They were fresh off a dominating 53-30 victory over Stanford in Palo Alto. A win would clinch them the Pac-12 North title. They were staring at an outside shot at a national championship berth. The Trojans hadn’t […]

Trojans make a splash in Eugene


The most meaningless phrase you heard over the last week was that USC’s matchup at Oregon was its bowl game. It’s not because it’s a faulty premise — far from it. It’s because it’s been uttered before. When USC traveled to South Bend, Ind., to face Notre Dame in mid-October, that was its bowl game. […]