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Practice coverage: Oct. 25


  · Sophomore cornerback Torin Harris did not practice. Nor did sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods. Coach Lane Kiffin would not elaborate on Woods’ injuries; simply saying “he has multiple.” · Freshman running back George Farmer was carted off the practice field with what looked to be a leg injury. · Kiffin was mum on […]

Game rewind: Notre Dame


The set up: After eight consecutive years of defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the USC Trojans experienced defeat last season in Los Angeles. Notre Dame hoped to use that victory as a springboard into an extended period of dominance over its intersectional rival. USC, coming off a long week after defeating California on Oct. […]

Luck of the Irish wears off against Trojans


It’s a script that has been written before — so often, in fact, it has become almost cliché. The echoes have been awakened, Notre Dame is back. That much was indicated prior to Saturday night’s grudge match against USC. Facing a USC team that had been underwhelming for much of its first six games, Notre […]

Playing it safe gives Trojans a chance


One of the moments from last Thursday’s showdown between USC and California — one which will only continue to reinforce outdated notions — remains a fourth-down play in the opening minutes. Facing a fourth-and-goal from its eight-yard line on its first drive of the game, USC lined up in a rather unusual formation and quickly […]

Game rewind: Cal


The set up: Cal, who was playing in the fifth different stadium for the fifth straight game, played host to USC in the annual “Weekender” game at AT&T Park. Coming out of a bye week, the Trojans’ defense hoped to make statement after allowing a school-record 37 first downs to Arizona two weeks before. The […]

Blast from the past: Arizona


USC heads into the bye week after a 48-41 victory over the Arizona Wildcats. Arizona came into the Coliseum with only one win on the season but faced three top-10 opponents three weeks in a row. The win gave the Trojans their second win in the South division. Positives: Junior quarterback Matt Barkley broke the […]

What to watch for without USC football


No USC football this weekend. I might cry. The connection between junior quarterback Matt Barkley and sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods is, in a word, beautiful. But I won’t be able to see these Trojans try to break another offensive record Saturday. What about the high praise showering freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee? I won’t […]

Blast from the past: Utah


Following a close victory over Minnesota in the opener, USC hosted Utah in the first-ever Pac-12 conference football game. The Trojans aimed to gain the head-to-head advantage against a team projected to finish in the top half of the South division. “You kept hoping for a play that would end the game,” said USC coach […]