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GameDay Links - Minnesota

It feels like its has been a hundred years since USC played a football game.

This season's arrival is more welcome than others have been...with all the turmoil and controversy surrounding the sport in the off-season getting to actually watch some games is welcome change.

Minnesota offers some challenges to USC's defense. But with the schemes simplified and with the game being at home I don't see USC losing. I also don't see them covering the spread.

Onto the links...

DBs prepare for Gray and the spread - ESPN Los Angeles
What do USC's defensive backs have to prepare for against a team running a spread offense like Minnesota?

USC football: Kiffin still concerned about O-line - The Orange County Register
Tweet Share While Lane Kiffin said he still hasn’t decided on a starting offensive line it does appear that sophomore John Martinez and junior Jeremy Galten will get the nod...

USC vs. Minnesota: Who has the edge? - The Orange County Register

USC Coach Lane Kiffin is seriously worried about Minnesota - The L.A. Times
USC is coming off its worst season since 2001, but the Trojans are a three-touchdown favorite over Minnesota for the opener Saturday at the Coliseum.

USC's last banned season begins Saturday against Minnesota - The L.A. Times
The game at the Coliseum opens Lane Kiffin's second season as USC coach, and the Trojans' second year of a two-year NCAA bowl ban.

5 things to watch: Minnesota vs. USC - ESPN Los Angeles

Can USC settle back issues vs. Minnesota? - The Orange County Register

USC looks for Coliseum to become intimidating again, just as it was under Carroll - LA Daily News
Former USC coach Pete Carroll approached games with boyish enthusiasm but created a hostile mindset for home games that turned the Coliseum into a fortress during his nine years.