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

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USC vs. Colorado: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Zach Banner OL 09/27/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out hip
Gerald Bowman S 10/24/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out shoulder
Morgan Breslin LB 11/11/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out hip
Anthony Brown CB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Colorado Questionable knee
Justin Davis RB 10/24/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out ankle
Lamar Dawson LB 10/24/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Steven Mitchell WR 08/08/2013 will miss the entire season Out knee
D.J. Morgan RB 11/01/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Silas Redd RB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Colorado Questionable knee
Taylor Ross RB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against Colorado Questionable leg
Devian Shelton CB 09/27/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out foot
Jordan Simmons G 10/23/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out leg
Shane Sullivan TE 10/27/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Greg Townsend Jr DL 09/27/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee

USA Today

 

Buffaloes Injury Report (via USA Today)

Buffaloes Injury Report
Player Pos. Date Details Status Injury
Justin Castor K 08/30/2013 will miss the entire season Out hip
Timothy Coleman Jr. DL 09/24/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out knee
Terrence Crowder RB 09/26/2013 is suspended indefinitely Suspended disciplinary
Josh Ford RB 08/25/2013 is out indefinitely Out ankle
Woodson Greer III LB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against USC Questionable neck
Clay Jones FB 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against USC Questionable neck
Marc Mustoe OL 10/21/2013 will miss the remainder of the season Out leg
Parker Orms S 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against USC Questionable neck
Terrel Smith S 09/01/2013 will miss the entire season Out shoulder
Jeff Thomas WR 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against USC Questionable hamstring
Alex Wood TE 11/18/2013 is questionable for Saturday's game against USC Questionable concussion

USA Today

 

Can USC Keep Rolling?

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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 TD REC YDS TD
@Oregon State 16 133 8.3 3 4 41 0
@California 6 135 22.5 2 1 57 1
Stanford 16 26 1.6 1 4 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

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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

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