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USC Reunion: Trojans-Huskies Preview

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The USC Trojans have a lot to prove.

True they did defeat a tough Ohio State team last week 18-15, but who was impressed by their offense?

The offense looked stale and stymied by a Buckeye defense that gave up 186 rushing yards to Navy on September 5. After an early interception by linebacker Chris Galippo taken to Ohio State’s three-yard line, it took the Trojan offense four tries to get into the end zone.

Throughout the game the offensive line had a lot of problems containing the Buckeye defense forcing quarterback Matt Barkley to scramble around and rushing his throws. Of course we all saw what that led to: a bruised shoulder and a no-show for this week’s contest.

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Now the Trojans will be facing the Washington Huskies, a team they shellacked 56-0 at the Coliseum last season. However the last time they were at Husky Stadium in 2007 they barely escaped Seattle with a 27-24 win.

With former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian leading the Huskies, a renewed fervor is taking over the program. That was evident in their first game against the LSU Tigers. If anyone saw the ESPN coverage of the game, you would have seen the stadium shaking and the fans were geeked wearing their, “We bark for Sark,” t shirts.

The crowd this Saturday will be foaming at the mouth making it almost impossible for the Trojans to hear anything on offense. And that won’t bode well having to face a much improved defensive line anchored by run stopper Alameda Ta’Amu, a 6’3” 348 pound defensive tackle. With that huge plug in the middle, it will allow the Huskies linebackers to be more versatile.

And without the run game, the Trojans haven’t shown that they can go vertical. Yet. Will they go for more with Aaron Corp starting in place of the injured Barkley or will they stay conservative? And will Corp show off his foot speed that made him the starting quarterback during spring practice?

I don’t like this game for the Trojans, and I especially don’t like them as 19-point favorites. After their victory against Ohio State last season, they had a complete stinker at Oregon State to open their Pac-10 play. Is another letdown in order this season?


The Huskies are going to throw everything and the kitchen sink at the Trojans. They have arguably the best quarterback in the conference in Jake Locker. Having focused more on being a pocket passer, the Trojans can’t ignore his legs.

And their defense does have what it take to stop Joe McKnight, Stafon Johnson and whomever the Trojans want to throw out there.

In the end the Huskies will win this game.

Washington 27. USC 24.

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