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USC opponent preview: California Golden Bears

Coach: Jeff Tedford 2010: 5-7 (3-6 in the Pac-10) Returning starters: Seven (offense), six (defense) California has fallen on tough times as of late, finishing with a 5-7 mark in 2010 — the first time in eight years that it had not made a bowl game. This season, the Golden Bears lose some of their […]

USC opponent preview: Arizona Wildcats

Coach: Mike Stoops 2010: 7-6 (4-5) Returning starters: Five (offense), seven (defense) As Nick Foles goes, so goes Arizona. With just five starters back on offense, and none on the offensive line, the Wildcats will rely heavily upon their senior quarterback, who has thrown for 5,677 yards and 39 touchdowns during the last two seasons. […]

USC opponent preview: Arizona State Sun Devils

Coach: Dennis Erickson 2010: 6-6 (4-5 in the Pac-10) Returning starters: Eight (offense), six (defense) After three straight seasons in which it failed to reach a bowl game, Arizona State hopes to break through in 2011 and potentially win the Pac-12 South as USC is ineligible to play in the conference title game. Coach Dennis […]

USC opponent preivew: Syracuse Orange

Coach: Doug Marrone 2010: 8-5 (4-3 in the Big East) Returning starters: Eight (offense), five (defense) After being picked to finish second to last in the Big East preseason media poll in 2010, Syracuse surpassed expectations, notching eight wins en route to reaching the Pinstripe Bowl — its first bowl game in six years. Coach […]

USC opponent preview: Utah Utes

Coach: Kyle Whittingham 2010: 10-3 (7-1 in the Mountain West Conference) Returning starters: Seven (offense), five (defense) Beginning its first season in the newly formed Pac-12, Utah looks to continue its recent run of success after going 33-3 over the last three seasons, including a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama in 2009. Perhaps most importantly, […]

USC opponent preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers

Coach: Jerry Kill 2010: 3-9 (2-6 in the Big Ten) Returning starters: Six (offense), eight (defense) Following appearances in the Insight Bowl in 2008 and 2009, Minnesota fell on hard times last season, finishing with three wins and a coaching change. Now, new coach Jerry Kill, hired in December, looks to rescue the Golden Gophers […]

Marcus Allen on current USC running backs

Marcus Allen was a bruising running back with a nose for the end zone. His running style allowed him to become the first player in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season and win the Heisman Trophy in 1981. Prior to being honored by the Harold Pump Foundation, Allen spoke with the […]

Barkley, McDonald among Trojans on preseason award watch lists

With college football on the horizon, several awards have released watch lists to recognize players expected to perform at a high level during the season. Although USC experienced a somewhat down year in 2010 with an 8-5 finish, the roster is still filled with players who are garnering national recognition. Junior quarterback Matt Barkley was […]

VIDEO: Coach Lane Kiffin addresses reporters at Pac-12 Media Day

With fall camp slated to open in nine days, USC coach Lane Kiffin and junior quarterback Matt Barkley met with an ensemble of reporters at Pac-12 Media Day on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Kiffin, entering his second year as the Trojans’ headman after replacing Pete Carroll in January of 2010, remains optimistic that USC can […]

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