In the middle of a crucial three-game home stand, the Trojans will look to bounce back following a conference loss last week by facing an unfamiliar foe in Boston College of the ACC. This stands as only the fourth meeting ever between the clubs, with USC winning all three previous meetings including the 2009 Emerald Bowl.
The Trojans 5-2 scheme under Clancy Pendergast leads the country in sacks and rushing defense and amongst the top ranks overall in tackles for loss, total defense, pass efficiency defense, scoring defense and turnover margin this year.
Despite a strong defensive showing, the Trojans offense has garnered much of the negative discussion this past week of practice coming off a 54-yard passing performance. Now with Cody Kessler under center as the starting quarterback, the offense should be more tailored to Kessler's specific strengths in the play-action passing game.
This can be accomplished by establishing the rushing game with Tre Madden (32 carries last week) along with freshman Justin Davis and Buck Allen providing great change of pace in the backfield. Despite the strong running game, some of USC's top targets (Agholor, Rogers, Grimble) should certainly see more touches this afternoon.
Game Time, TV channel: 12:00 PM PST Pac-12 Network
Odds and Wagers: Latest Odds--USC -13.5 and Over/Under 42
You can also watch our new Tunnel Vision pre game show for the 45 minutes leading up to kickoff. The webcast will feature an exclusive look on the field and down the Coliseum tunnel plus interviews with Lane Kiffin and special guests.
Since many viewers do not carry the Pac-12 Network especially in Verizon and DirecTV households, fans can listen to the game over on ESPN 710 Radio or follow the CBSSports.com game tracker, which can also be viewed on mobile devices along with sports bars across the national landscape.
PAC-12 NETWORK channel listing for Los Angeles-based fans.
|AT&T U-verse TV||Pac-12 Network: 759
Pac-12 Network HD: 1759
|Pac-12 Bay Area: 760
Pac-12 Bay Area HD: 1760
|Pac-12 Los Angeles: 761
Pac-12 Los Angeles HD: 1761
|DISH Network||Pac-12 Network: 413
Pac-12 Network HD: 413
Pac-12 Network on Hopper: 406
|Time Warner Cable||Pac-12 Los Angeles: 245
Pac-12 Los Angeles HD: 370
|Pac-12 Network: 246
Pac-12 Network HD: 369
After the game, make sure to scroll over to Lane Kiffin's live press conference from the USC Athletics website along with in-depth analysis which will be highly discussed and thoroughly covered here with Conquest Chronicles throughout the evening, following the Trojans much-anticipated home game from the Los Angeles Coliseum.
#Fighton and #BeatTheEagles for the 12 PM start time, only coming for the second time in program history (ASU 2012) that the Trojans will play an early-afternoon affair during #WePlay125 USC Athletics.