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USC Football Morning Links: Future Prospect's Tale Bears Hollywood Ending

Time to get some morning bites from around the media landscape dissecting the Trojans first road tilt in Pac-12 play. Long story short, the Trojans must come out like champions in Tempe.

Stephen Dunn

While the bad blood continues to brew between ever-growing rivals from Southern California and Tempe, both squads continue intense preparations for their crucial tilt this weekend amongst the suddenly-loaded Pac-12 South.

"Its a loud place, awesome stadium, awesome grass and great fans, it should be a great game," Lane Kiffin said following practice, stacking his teams odds while looking to defeat ASU on the road this time around after faltering in the fourth quarter during their last road meeting back in 2010.

That being said here are some of the top stories from around the web previewing USC Football from the Tuesday landscape, including some personal stories of trails and tribulations for some of its best players.

USC recruit Michael Wyche's story isn't a fairy tale. | : Mike Piellucci Article For USC recruit Michael Wyche, struggle is part of life. His tale sounds like "The Blind Side," except there's no fairy tale ending -- just hard work and tough choices that have paved the way for Wyche from the street to Pasadena.

Arizona State vs. USC: Todd Graham talks Trojans, Jaxon Hood injury - House of Sparky While the rest of the Pac-12 has had a few chuckles at the expense of the Trojans this season, Todd Graham knows Saturday's game is no laughing matter. So what exactly did coach have to say about USC Monday?

USC vs. ASU: Early Facts, Figures and Matchups For Game Day - Conquest Chronicles Road underdogs according to Las Vegas lines, the Trojans will be playing agaisnt the grain of expectations for the first time all season. Obviously the pressure to win and regain stature in the...

The Orange County Register By RICH HAMMOND, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Santa Ana,US-CA -- LOS ANGELES - Devon Kennard gets to play in his hometown of Phoenix on Saturday. Given what Kennard endured last year, he'd be j [...]

On The Mark: Overrated Teams - ESPN Video - ESPN
ESPN Video: Mark Schlabach looks at a trio of teams with top records but have struggled mightily to get there, including the 3-1 USC Trojans looking to right the winning ship against a stiff test this week.

WeAreSC recruiting roundup - ESPN In this week’s WeAreSC recruiting notebook, we touch on a planned package deal, potential quarterback options and more: As expected, USC stacks up rather well, and have their collective eyes set on huge prospects in 2015.


Just a fun side note from the Trojans practice this week, Kris Albarado, a sophomore punter from Lake Charles, La., helped stymie the Utah State offense with his precision punting in the Trojan’s 17-14 victory earning Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week Honors.

"We are always making adjustments in between series and plays, and for some reason we have been scoring points in the second quarter then we have in the first or third," Lane Kiffin said about his offensive lapses this season.

Five of his seven punts pinned the Aggies within the 20-yard line, including two inside the five, leading to an average starting field position for Utah State on their own 21-yard line. The first-year punter is averaging 40.3 yards on 23 boots, with more than half (12) of those backing opponents within their own 20.

Cody Kessler and Marqise Lee are getting healthier this week, and coach Lane Kiffin expects both to play on Saturday. The Trojans offense, in desperate need of continuity to continue its winning streak, will look to spark some life in Tempe only 17 points in their most recent victory over Utah State.