1. Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen vs. USC's Matt Barkley

    Continuing with my bye-week coverage of the USC-Notre Dame matchup, this article is a follow-up to my previous one: Overrated: the Notre Dame Offense or the USC Defense? If you haven’t read ...

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  2. Overrated: The Notre Dame Offense or the USC Defense?

      The annual USC-Notre Dame matchup is still over a week away, and already the war of words has begun.  USC fans are claiming that the Irish offense is overrated while Irish fans have shot back that it is the Trojan defense that is overrated...

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  3. USC Weekend Wrap-Up: A Special Monday for the Trojans

    It was Monday morning at Heritage Hall and no one was around.  The coaches and players had the morning off since this is a bye week for the Trojans...

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  4. USC vs. Cal: The Trojan Report Card

    Like most everyone else, I predicted a close game—USC 24-Cal 21. Instead, it was a USC blowout, 30-3.   That may sound like a very impressive victory, but much of that 27-point margin ...

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  5. USC Trojans vs. Cal Bears: A Closer Look

    The Keys to the Game: Although they won’t make any tackles or take any snaps or throw any passes, the key to this clash of Northern California versus Southern California rivals are the two coaching staffs...

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  6. Does USC Need to Dial Down The Intensity at Practice?

    Perhaps no other college football team in the nation competes at practice like Pete Carroll’s Trojans.  The speed and intensity of each session on Howard Jones Field is often greater than what the team experiences in the actual games come Saturday...

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  7. Stafon Johnson Weightlifting Accident The Latest Injury For USC Football

      As if the injury bug hasn’t done enough damage to the Trojan football program, starting with fall camp and spreading its way through the first month of the season. Now the infection has now become a major epidemic...

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  8. Trojans' Bounce Back Game Just a Dribble

    The Trojans held a 43-point spread going into Saturday night’s game with the Washington State Cougars, a team they pummeled 69-0 last year in Pullman...

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  9. Trojan Fans: What Say You?

    From the hallowed confines of Heritage Hall, the Kool-Aid flowed like government bailout funds just a couple of weeks ago. We heard how USC had the best offensive line in the country and possibly the greatest in Trojan history...

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  10. Trojans-Huskies: USC Falls into Washington's Trap, 16-13

    Throughout their storied history, which includes national championships and Pac-10 titles, perhaps no victory was as great as today’s 16-13 win over USC. It marked the Huskies’ return from the dead...

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  11. USC-Washington Preview

    Last week it was all about Terrelle Pryor. This week it’s all about Jake Locker. The Huskies are averaging over 400 yards per game and 32.5 points this season, and it’s mostly because Locker has returned to lead the team...

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  12. Does Mark Sanchez's Specter Still Hang Over USC?

    Anyone who has watched the Jets’ rookie quarterback throughout training camp and his first start in the NFL has to be impressed. Unless, perhaps, you are Pete Carroll or a die hard Trojan fan...

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  13. Matt Barkley or Tate Forcier: Who's the Best True Freshman QB?

    With USC hunkered down in the middle of the media capital of the world, it is no surprise that Matt Barkley has been getting all the press...

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  14. Joe McKnight Comes Through For USC

    While all the accolades will go to Matt Barkley mainly because he is the first ever true freshman to start at quarterback for the Trojans and Pete Carroll’s hype-machine has ...

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  15. Creature Vs. Creature: USC-Ohio State—How the Trojans Can Lose on Saturday

    No, this is not a prediction. At Heritage Hall, where, as Pete Carroll always says, “It’s all about us,” there is no Wall of Worry. Some concern? Maybe. But no worry...

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  16. Welcome To the Horsehoe, Mr. Bates: Ohio State's Waiting for USC's Surprises

    On Saturday, the USC Trojans amassed 620 yards of offense, 342 rushing and 278 passing. They did it with mostly straight-up power runs, short screens, a few hitch passes, and a couple of mid-range passes...

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  17. USC Football: Trojans Romp San Jose State, Pac-10 Survives Week 1

    Things looked pretty bleak for the Pac-10 Thursday night when one of its marqee teams, Oregon, went without a first down the entire first half, and lost to Boise State 19-8...

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  18. USC Could Lose the National Title This Weekend

    Pete Carroll is constantly reminding his players, “It’s all about us.” So right he is—when it comes to the Pac-10 title and playing in the Rose Bowl on Jan...

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  19. USC Trojans' Injury-Plagued Start Hurts BCS Title Hopes

    With the thermometer rising well over a hundred degrees and wildfires burning over 100,000 acres above the Los Angeles Basin, USC may see its own hopes for a national championship this season go up in smoke...

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  20. USC Mock Game a Costly One

    The USC Trojans played their annual mock game today at the Coliseum to mark the beginning of the 2009 campaign...

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  21. Is Matt Barkley the New Jay Cutler?

    Back in 2003, the year after Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer left USC, a quarterback battle between Matt Leinart and Matt Cassel for the starting role took place. Both players were pretty much dead even in the competition...

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  22. USC Takes the Matt Barkley Pick for a Spin

    Is Heritage Hall trying to match wits with the White House? If so, I think their spin doctors are in need of an immediate transfusion...

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  23. USC Ends Camp on a Defensive Note

    The final day of fall camp could have been called Flag Day. The eight penalties, three on the offense and five on the defense, broke up the rhythm of the last practice session as the Trojans get ready for the start of classes on Monday...

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  24. TROJAN NOTES: Injuries & Position Updates

    TROJAN NOTES: Injuries & Position Updates Tight end Blake Ayles will undergo exploratory surgery today to discover the cause of his irregular heart beat...

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  25. TROJAN FOOTBALL: The Defense Part II

    In Part I, I took a look at the defensive line, where USC lost three of the four regular starters. Now I want to preview the strongest and weakest points of the Trojan defense. Let’s start with the strongest...

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