After a nail-biting, down-to-the-wire 28-26 victory over the Arizona Wildcats last week, the USC Trojans return home to play the Colorado Buffaloes during Homecoming weekend. USC is in a strong position in the Pac-12 South race, currently sitting atop the division with a potential separation game next weekend at Utah.
But first, the Trojans have to deal with the Buffaloes and their high-speed attack. Colorado actually leads the nation in offensive plays per game. Led by quarterback Sefo Liafau and the receiving duo of Nelson Spruce and former Trojan commit Shay Fields, the Buffaloes can stampede down the field and score quickly, but their defense also allows the opposition to do the same.
USC running back Javorius Allen could have a big game since he is tied for the nation lead in 10+ yard plays from scrimmage while the Colorado defense is one of the worst teams in the country in allowing explosive runs of 10+ yards.
Time/TV: Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Pac-12 Networks ( Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, Jill Savage)
Where: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Betting Line: USC by 19.5
Radio: KSPN/710 (Pete Arbogast, John Jackson, Jordan Moore, Steve Mason, Harvey Hyde, Shaun Cody, Kelli Tennant)
Records: USC 4-2 (3-1 Pac-12); Colorado 2-4 (0-3)
Series: USC leads, 8-0
Last meeting: USC won, 47-29, with Buck Allen rushing for three touchdowns.
- The Trojans have outscored Colorado 277-76 in the eight-game series.
- Colorado wide receiver Nelson Spruce leads the country in receiving touchdowns with 10 and receptions.
- Nelson Spruce is also is fifth in the nation in receiving yards and 15th in scoring.
- Colorado has 55 players that played high school football in California.
- In its history, USC has had only 11 lettermen hail from the state Colorado.
- Four of those USC Trojan Coloradans have come from Boulder’s Fairview High, right in the Buffaloes' backyard: ILB Joe Barry lettered in 1992-93, OT Tony Boselli in 1991-94, C Chris Foote in 1977-79 and FB-TB Scott Lockwood in 1987-88 and 1990-91).
- USC has a 59-26-4 record in its Homecoming games, dating back to the first such event in 1924.
- USC defensive line coach Chris Wilson had the same role at Colorado from 2000 to 2004.