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Last week was a game that the California Golden Bears would love to forget, or perhaps learn from.
I said it last week, and I'll say it again...the Bears have been a one-dimensional team so far, and if you slow down their rushing attack, you slow down their entire team.
The huge shock for me was how badly their veteran defense played. Oregon put up 42 points in a rather easy game for them.
The USC Trojans have had a rough season thus far. They have so many starters injured that Pete Carroll had to take away a kid's "redshirt" to allow him to now possibly play in this week's game.
The Trojans are without their leading touchdown scorer, Stafon Johnson, who suffered a near-death injury this past week in a freak weight room accident (prayers go out to him).
The Trojans are also still without their No. 2 receiver Ronald Johnson, several defensive players, and their third running back (after Johnson's injury) Marc Tyler.
The Men of Troy still have a ton of talent and a great coaching staff, but they had better play better than they have thus far.
The key in this game is the play of Cal's quarterback Kevin Riley. If he takes care of the ball and is able to stretch the field vertically, this allows star running back Jahvid Best to have success.
Look for USC to crowd the line of scrimmage and go after Best and Riley all game long.
On the other side of the ball, the key is USC's passing game as well. The Trojans have a great set of running backs, but without a passing game they are not nearly as efficient.
I see this being a rather low-scoring game with a ton of big hits and emotion.
The last time I picked against my Trojans was against Ohio State, and they proved me wrong, so hopefully they do it again this week.
I just see USC having trouble after an emotional week. It will either deflate the team or unite them more...
Winner: UPSET ALERT! California 21-20