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Oct 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans safety Josh Shaw (6) tries to get the crowd going during the third quarter of the Trojans 19-3 win over the Utah Utes at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 30, 2013

The Oregon State Beavers find themselves once again in an advantageous position against the USC Trojans on Friday from Reser Stadium.

A loss to No. 6 Stanford last week hurts for the Beavers, but an up-and-down Trojans team coming to town is nothing but good news, especially considering USC has not won in Reser Stadium since 2004.

USC enters the contest riding a wave of momentum after a big win over Utah a week ago, but needs this victory more than ever to break a 2-2 record in Pac 12 play and get back to contention.

Here is everything fans need to know about the critical Pac 12 battle.

 

When: Friday, Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. ET

Where: Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR

Television: ESPN 2

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 52
  • Spread: Oregon State (-5)

 

Trojans Injury Report (via USA Today)

Trojans Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Dion BaileyLB10/28/2013is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon StateQuestionablearm
Zach BannerOL09/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuthip
Victor BlackwellWR10/27/2013is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon StateQuestionableankle
Gerald BowmanS10/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutshoulder
Morgan BreslinLB10/29/2013is expected to miss Friday's game against Oregon StateOuthip
Anthony BrownCB10/29/2013is expected to miss Friday's game against Oregon StateOutknee
Max BrowneQB10/27/2013is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon StateQuestionableillness
Sua CravensS10/28/2013is probable for Friday's game against Oregon StateProbablegroin
Justin DavisRB10/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutankle
Lamar DawsonLB10/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Kevin GrafT10/27/2013is doubtful for Friday's game against Oregon StateDoubtfulankle
Xavier GrimbleTE10/27/2013is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon StateQuestionableshoulder
Marqise LeeWR10/27/2013is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon StateQuestionableknee
Steven MitchellWR08/08/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
D.J. MorganRB10/27/2013is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon StateQuestionableknee
Taylor RossRB10/27/2013is questionable for Friday's game against Oregon StateQuestionableleg
Devian SheltonCB09/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutfoot
Jordan SimmonsG10/23/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutleg
Shane SullivanTE10/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Randall TelferTE10/29/2013is expected to miss Friday's game against Oregon StateOutknee
Greg Townsend JrDL09/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
USA Today

 

Beavers Injury Report (via USA Today)

Beavers Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
John BraunDT10/28/2013is questionable for Friday's game against USCQuestionableshoulder
Michael DoctorLB09/11/2013will miss at least 6-8 weeksOutfoot
J.C. GrimWR10/28/2013is questionable for Friday's game against USCQuestionablewrist/arm
Connor HamlettTE10/28/2013is questionable for Friday's game against USCQuestionableknee
Roman SapoluG09/11/2013is expected to miss the remainder of the seasonOutfoot
Caleb SmithTE10/28/2013is questionable for Friday's game against USCQuestionableback
USA Today

 

Can USC Slow Sean Mannion?

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Beavers junior quarterback Sean Mannion has been the definition of unstoppable this season. He is the nation's leading passer, averaging a ludicrous 408 yards per game—Oregon State as a whole possesses the nation's best passing attack.

In eight games this season, Mannion has thrown for over 400 yards and four or more touchdowns on five occasions.

USC's pass defense has been stout all year and has allowed just two quarterbacks to break the 300-yard mark, although both Arizona's B.J. Denker and Arizona State's Taylor Kelly reside in Mannion's neighborhood talent-wise.

When tasked with shutting down the elite aforementioned quarterbacks, the USC defense has surrendered 31 points to Arizona and 62 to Arizona State. It's a small blemish on a unit that overall has been great with only 19.3 points allowed per game, but a problem worth nothing against the Beavers.

 

Prediction

Oct 19, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; Oregon State Beavers running back Terron Ward (28) celebrates with tight end Tyler Perry (88), tight end Kellen Clute (83) and quarterback Sean Mannion (4) after scoring a touchdown against the California Golden Bears duri

This one won't end well for the Trojans. 

Reser Stadium is clearly an extremely hostile environment, and the Beavers are a week removed from almost knocking off a top-10 team in the very same building.

Things have been slowly improving for USC under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, but his defense has yet to prove it can slow elite offenses, not to mention it has never met the No. 1 passing attack in the land.

Cody Kessler and the Trojans offense averages only 24.6 points per game and simply does not have the firepower to keep up, especially in a noisy environment. The Beavers notch another impressive win over the Trojans.

 

Final Score 

Beavers win 36-28

 

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