USC vs. Colorado: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2013

Nov 16, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (6) throws a pass against the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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One of the more interesting games on the Week 13 college football slate comes from the Pac-12 when the No. 23 USC Trojans take on the Colorado Buffaloes. 

The Trojans are finally ranked after a four-game winning streak that was capped off with an upset victory over then-No. 4 Stanford last week. USC sits at 8-3 on the year, but one has to wonder if Ed Orgeron's team will suffer a letdown after a big win like Stanford did a week ago.

For Colorado, the game is just as important. The Buffaloes are 4-6 and must win their final two games of the season to become bowl eligible. Last week was a win over lowly one-win California, and Colorado has to build on the positive momentum here when the Trojans come to town.

Here is everything fans need to know about the contest.

 

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 9:30 p.m. ET

Where: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.

Television: Pac-12 Network

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: N/A
  • Spread: USC (-22.5)

 

Trojans Injury Report (via USA Today)

Trojans
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Zach BannerOL09/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuthip
Gerald BowmanS10/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutshoulder
Morgan BreslinLB11/11/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuthip
Anthony BrownCB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against ColoradoQuestionableknee
Justin DavisRB10/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutankle
Lamar DawsonLB10/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Steven MitchellWR08/08/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
D.J. MorganRB11/01/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Silas ReddRB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against ColoradoQuestionableknee
Taylor RossRB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against ColoradoQuestionableleg
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
Greg Townsend JrDL09/27/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
USA Today

 

Buffaloes Injury Report (via USA Today)

Buffaloes Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Justin CastorK08/30/2013will miss the entire seasonOuthip
Timothy Coleman Jr.DL09/24/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
Terrence CrowderRB09/26/2013is suspended indefinitelySuspendeddisciplinary
Josh FordRB08/25/2013is out indefinitelyOutankle
Woodson Greer IIILB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against USCQuestionableneck
Clay JonesFB11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against USCQuestionableneck
Marc MustoeOL10/21/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutleg
Parker OrmsS11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against USCQuestionableneck
Terrel SmithS09/01/2013will miss the entire seasonOutshoulder
Jeff ThomasWR11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against USCQuestionablehamstring
Alex WoodTE11/18/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against USCQuestionableconcussion
USA Today

 

Can USC Keep Rolling?

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Javorius Allen #37 of the USC Trojans scores on a forty-three yard pass play against the California Golden Bears during the second quarter at California Memorial Stadium on November 9, 2013 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by
Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Before the late field goal to down Stanford, USC had defeated three opponents by 16 or more points. Much of the success can be attributed to a strong run game led by sophomore running back Javorius Allen, who has come on in the team's last three games:

Javorius Allen Last Three Games
Opp.ATT YDS AVG TDREC YDSTD
@Oregon State16 133 8.3 34 410
@California6 135 22.5 21 571
Stanford16 26 1.6 14 58 0
ESPN

Quarterback Cody Kessler has been hot in the same three-game stretch with a completion percentage above 75 in all. That said, it is the running game that should concern the Buffaloes on Saturday.

The Buffaloes rank dead last in terms of Pac-12 run defense and No. 117 in the nation in scoring defense thanks to a unit that allows 38.8 points per game.

As long as the Trojans hit the road with a sense of purpose and don't overlook the Buffaloes with a contest against No. 14 UCLA up next, all signs point to success for USC.

 

Prediction

Oct 19, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; USC Trojans interim head coach Ed Orgeron celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The comparison to Stanford in terms of a letdown game is not exactly fair. Sure, USC is coming off an emotional upset as was Stanford last week, but Colorado is no USC.

Here's the thing—the Trojans have always been a great team this year. They were just a great team in need of guidance.

Hence why Orgeron took over for Lane Kiffin and the team has recently won four straight and crept back into the Top 25.

USC is on a warpath. The Buffaloes simply don't have enough firepower to keep up. The Trojans win handily en route to a showdown with the Bruins. 

 

Final Score: Trojans 42, Buffaloes 20