BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 4: Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans celebrates after the Trojans' 42-17 win over the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on November 4, 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Matt Barkley's Record Night Lifts USC Over Colorado

USC is 6-0 all-time against Colorado.

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College Football Rankings Week 11: Where Will USC End Up In The AP Poll?

Seven teams in the AP top 25 lost on Saturday.

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USC LB Chris Galippo Benched, Lamar Dawson To Start Against Washington

USC Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin on Saturday told reporters that freshman Lamar Dawson would start at middle linebacker next week against the Washington Huskies. That unseats fifth-year senior Chris Galippo, who started the first eight games of the season before Dawson got the start in Friday night's win in Boulder against the Colorado Buffaloes.

Whitney Blaine of Fox Sports tweeted, "Kiffin said he told Chris Galippo last Monday he had two choices. 'He can practice his tail off…or he can sit around and pout'." Galippo, who has 40 tackles on the season, did not seem pleased with not starting on Friday, telling Scott Wolf of the Daily News, "I'm not going to lie. I was surprised. I don't agree with the decision."

Galippo is the only non-freshman to start at linebacker for the Trojans this season. Freshmen Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard started the first eight games with Galippo. Bailey was out Friday with a concussion, but Pullard was joined in the starting lineup by fellow freshmen linebackers Dawson and Tre Madden.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC 42, Colorado 17: By The Numbers

Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans cruised to a 42-17 win Friday night over the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field in Boulder. Here is a look at some notable numbers from Friday night's college football contest:

0 - The number of losses USC has against Colorado in their six meetings. Also, the number of Pac-12 conference wins by Colorado so far in their first season in the conference.

1 - The number of times Barkley was sacked Friday, bringing the total to five on the season through nine games.

4 - The number of different Trojans to lead the team in rushing yards this season. True freshman Amir Carlisle ran for 88 yards on just 10 carries, including runs of 26 and 15 yards.

5 - Trojans making their first start of the season: tailback Curtis McNeal, linebackers Tre Madden and Lamar Dawson, and safeties Drew McAllister and Marshall Jones.

6 - The number of touchdown passes by Barkley to set a new school record. Barkley was one of five USC quarterbacks to throw five touchdowns in a game, which he did three times before Friday night.

8 - Catches by Robert Woods, at a minimum, in eight of nine games this season, including nine catches for 132 yards tonight. The only game in which Woods had less than eight catches was October 20 against Cal when he caught five for 36 yards.

10 - Catches by true freshman Marqise Lee, a new personal best. Lee had 129 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

13 - Number of times a USC player has had 1,000 receiving yards in a single season, including Woods in 2011.

20-21½ - The point spread for Friday night's game, depending on your gambling outlet of choice, per Odds Shark. With the 25-point victory, USC covered the spread and is 5-4 against the spread this season.

31 - First downs for the Trojans on Friday night, the most they have had in a game all season.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Colorado: Robert Woods Continues Record Season

Matt Barkley was the main story on Friday night as the USC Trojans rolled to a 42-17 win over the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field in Boulder. But his receivers were spectacular too, as Robert Woods and Marqise Lee were getting open with ease against a beleaguered Buffaloes secondary.

Woods caught nine passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, and continued his record pace. He only has one game this season with fewer than eight catches, and through nine games is already near the very top of the all-time USC single-season reception list.

USC Single Season Pass Catching Leaders
Player Year Games Catches Yards TD
Keyshawn Johnson 1995 12 102 1,434 7
Mike Williams 2003 13 95 1,314 16
Dwayne Jarrett 2005 13 91 1,274 16
Robert Woods 2011 9 90 1,123 11
Johnnie Morton 1993 13 88 1,520 14
Mike Williams 2002 13 81 1,265 14

Woods is in line to pass both Dwayne Jarrett and Mike Williams next week against Washington.

The freshman Lee is emerging as a star in his own right. Lee caught two touchdowns of his own Friday night, along with his 10 catches for 129 yards. Lee has 31 catches for 484 yards and five touchdowns in his last five games. On the season, Lee is second on the team with 44 catches, 663 yards, and seven touchdowns.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Colorado: Matt Barkley Sets School Record With Six Touchdowns In 42-17 Win

Matt Barkley threw for a school record six touchdowns Friday night, leading the visiting USC Trojans to a 42-17 win over the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field in Boulder. It was the first-ever Pac-12 Conference meeting between the two schools.

USC is 6-0 all-time against Colorado.

Barkley completed 26 of 40 passes for 326 passes and one interception in addition to his six touchdowns. He broke his own school record for touchdown throws in a game, which he shared with Matt Leinart, Carson Palmer, Rodney Peete, and Mark Sanchez.

Unsurprisingly, Barkley's favorite targets on Friday were his favorite targets all season, Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Each caught  two touchdowns, with Woods catching nine passes for 132 yards along with Lee's 10 catches for 129 yards.

In just nine games this season, Woods has 90 catches, 1,123 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns. The 90 catches are the fourth-most catches in a single season in USC school history.

Colorado (1-9, 0-6) started the game off strong, driving 69 yards on just six plays, culminating in a 37-yard touchdown pass by Tyler Hansen to wide receiver Toney Clemons on a slant route up the middle for a 7-0 Buffaloes' lead. It was the first lead for Colorado in over a month, since October 1 against the Washington St. Cougars.

For a Trojans' defensive unit missing linebacker Dion Bailey with a concussion and safety T.J. McDonald to a first half suspension, it looked like it may have been a long night. However, with three freshmen linebackers — Hayes Pullard plus two new starters Tre Madden and Lamar Dawson — and two new starters at safety — junior Drew McAllister and senior Marshall Jones in place of McDonald and Jawanza Starling — the defensive unit began to improve.

USC allowed just 103 yards in 29 plays on the next seven drives for the Buffaloes and the Trojans were able to build a 28-10 halftime lead.

Curtis McNeal started his first game at tailback this season, and the Trojans' rushing leader had 86 yards on 10 carries. Freshman tailback Amir Carlisle impressed in his first extended playing time of the season. Carlisle rushed for 88 yards on 10 carries and caught two passes for 31 yards, including a 19-yard screen pass that became Barkley's record-setting sixth touchdown throw.

The Trojans return home next Saturday to host the Washington Huskies.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Colorado Game Score: Matt Barkley Ties School Record With Five Touchdown Passes

Matt Barkley threw a 45-yard pass to Robert Woods for a touchdown with 2:23 remaining in the third quarter at Folsom Field in Boulder, giving the USC Trojans a 35-10 lead over the Colorado Buffaloes. For Barkley, it was his fifth touchdown pass of the night, tying the USC school record.

Barkley threw four 195 yards and four touchdowns in the first half as the Trojans built a 28-10 lead. This is the second time this season and fourth time in his USC career that Barkley has thrown five touchdown passes in a game. Barkley has four of the 10 Trojans games with five passing touchdowns.

USC Quarterbacks With 5 Touchdows In A Game
Quarterback Year Opp Result
Rodney Peete 1987 Stanford W, 39-24
Carson Palmer
2002 at Oregon W, 44-33
Matt Leinart
2003 Oregon St.
W, 52-28
Matt Leinart 2004 Notre Dame
W, 41-10
Matt Leinart 2004 Oklahoma W, 55-19
Mark Sanchez
2008 at Washington St.
W, 69-0
Matt Barkley
2010 at Hawaii W, 49-36
Matt Barkley 2010 California W, 48-14
Matt Barkley 2011 Syracuse W, 38-17
Matt Barkley 2011 at Colorado
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Woods and Marqise Lee have combined so far Friday night for 17 catches, 254 yards, and four touchdown catches from Barkley.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Colorado: Matt Barkley Climbing Touchdown Leaderboard, Trojans Lead At Halftime 28-10

Matt Barkley has thrown four first-half touchdown passes to three different receivers, leading the USC Trojans to a 28-10 halftime lead over the Colorado Buffaloes at halftime at Folsom Field in Boulder. Barkley began the quarter by finding freshman tight end Xavier Grimble in the back of the end zone for a five-yard score. Then with 7:02 remaining in the half Barkley lofted a 15-yard touchdown to Robert Woods.

Marqise Lee, who caught a touchdown from Barkley in the first quarter, was three steps behind the defense on what would have been a 51-yard touchdown pass from Barkley but Lee bobbled, then dropped it. But Barkley went right back to Lee two plays later for a 25-yard strike over a Colorado secondary looking like it is running in molasses.

Lee had seven catches for 103 yards in the first half, and two touchdowns.

Barkley completed 17 of 27 passes in the first half for 195 yards, and one interception. He could be on his way to a record-setting season for the Trojans, having already climbed to eighth place on the single-season touchdown passing list, tied with...himself.

USC Single Season Touchdown Passing Leaders
Player Year Games Comp% Yards TD Int
Matt Leinart 2003 13 63.4% 3,556 38 9
Mark Sanchez 2008 13 65.8% 3,207 34 10
Carson Palmer 2002 13 63.2% 3,942 33 10
Matt Leinart 2004 13 65.3% 3,322 33 6
Rob Johnson 1993 13 68.6% 3,630 29 6
John David Booty 2006 13 61.7% 3,347 29 9
Matt Leinart 2005 13 65.7% 3,815 28 8
Matt Barkley 2011* 9 67.0% 2,485 26 6
Matt Barkley 2010 12 62.6% 2,791 26 12
*through one half Friday night

Barkley co-holds the school record with five touchdown passes in a single game, something he has done three times. Might that record fall in the second half?

The Trojans' defense made a big improvement from their opening drive, perhaps motivated by defensive line coach Ed Orgeron busting a dry erase board trying to "motivate" his squad during the first quarter. The Buffaloes marched 69 yards on six plays for a touchdown on their opening drive, but managed just 31 yards on 15 plays on their next four drives.

Colorado did manage what looked like a scoring drive midway through the second quarter, but tight end Rhett Ellison, all 6'5" of him, blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Colorado Game Score: Trojans Tied 7-7 After First Quarter

The USC Trojans came into Friday night three-touchdown favorites against the Colorado Buffaloes, and that may very well ultimately be the case. But through one quarter it's just 7-7, though the Trojans ended the quarter threatening in the red zone.

Colorado warmed up in their traditional gold helmets, then changed before the game to black helmets to match their black jerseys and pants. The Buffaloes then drove six plays for 69 yards, capped off with a Tyler Hansen slant pass to Toney Clemons, who took it 37 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 lead.

It was the first lead for the Buffaloes since October 1, when Colorado led Washington State 27-24 with under two minutes remaining, only to lose their second of six straight games heading into Friday night.

USC answered with a seven-play, 80-yard drive of their own, which featured several highlights. Robert Woods caught two passes and surpassed 1,000 yards receiving, making him the 13th Trojan to do so. USC ran twice and picked up first downs each time, one a 15-yard run by Amir Carlisle and the other an 13-yard scamper by Curtis McNeal, who started his first game of the year at tailback. Matt Barkley capped the drive with a 33-yard pass to Marqise Lee along the right sideline as the Trojans tied the game at 7-7.

Both teams stalled on their second drives, with the Trojans' hindered by a dropped pass by Woods, his third drop of the last two weeks. Woods did catch three passes for 36 yards in the opening quarter.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Colorado Injuries: LB Dion Bailey Out (Concussion), Trojans Start Freshmen Trio At Linebacker

As the USC Trojans prepare to battle the Colorado Buffaloes Friday night at Folsom Field in Boulder, they will have a new look on defense. A trio of freshmen will start at linebacker for USC, as Tre Madden and Lamar Dawson will make their first starts, alongside redshirt freshman Hayes Pullard. Redshirt freshman linebacker Dion Bailey, the Trojans' leading tackler on the season, is out tonight with a concussion, confirming this melancholy tweet from Bailey on Thursday:

Looks like the only way i will be helping my team win tomorrow is rooting them on from the sideline.. #FightOn

Bailey leads USC with 67 tackles and had started the first eight games of the season, alongside Pullard and senior Chris Galippo. For the first time all season, Galippo will come off the bench Friday night.

Safety T.J. McDonald was suspended for the first half against Colorado for a hit in the fourth quarter against Stanford, but will play the second half. USC has a pair of new starters at safety in junior Drew McAllister and senior Marshall Jones. Junior safety Jawanza Starling has started all eight games but missed a few practices with an unspecified injury and will not start tonight. Michael Lev of the Orange County Register reported that Starling is in uniform tonight, as is running back Marc Tyler, who was limited to one carry against Stanford after aggravating his dislocated shoulder.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC vs. Colorado: Kickoff Time, ESPN TV Schedule, Online Stream, Radio Coverage and More

After a heartbreaking loss last weekend to the Stanford Cardinal, the USC Trojans will look to get back on track against the Colorado Buffaloes on Friday night on ESPN. Fortunately for USC, the the Buffs enter the game at 1-8 on the season, including an 0-5 record in Pac-12 play.

All of this being said, USC will likely be feeling the lingering effects from the overtime thriller they played less then six days ago. Will they overlook Colorado or will they take care of business with just a few weeks remaining in the season?

We have all of the game day coverage here:

Kickoff: 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT

Weather Report: Temperatures will be in the low-40's at kickoff. Rain nor snow are expected in the forecast, but the Trojans will certainly be out of their element playing in the near-freezing temperatures.

TV Coverage: The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. Dave Lamont and Rod Gilmore are on the call.

Online Stream: USC-Colorado will be streamed live on ESPN3.com. Check with your Internet provider for access.

Radio: ESPN Radio 710 (KSPN) will carry the game in SoCal.

Team Sites: Check out Conquest Chronicles for USC, The Ralphie Report for Colorado.

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USC Vs. Colorado Football: Keys To The Game Are Serra High Wide Receivers

The USC Trojans travel to Boulder Friday night to battle the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. USC (6-2, 3-2) is a heavy favorite to beat Colorado (1-8, 0-5), who has struggled in their first year in the Pac-12 Conference. Friday's keys to the game pretty much revolve around a trio of wide receivers from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California.

Sophomore wide receiver Paul Richardson has missed the last four games with a knee injury, but is expected to play Friday night for Colorado. Even though Richardson has played just five games this year, Richardson has made a significant impact for the Buffaloes. He set school records with 11 catches and 284 receiving yards on September 10 against the Cal Golden Bears.

Richardson has been a big play machine in his two years in Colorado, with six plays of 50 yards or more, including touchdowns of 78 and 66 yards this season. On the season, RIchardson has caught 29 passes for 474 touchdowns and five touchdowns, all in just five games.

For the Trojans, fellow Serra High graduates Robert Woods and Marqise Lee have been favorite targets of quarterback Matt Barkley this season. Through just eight games, Woods is already tied for fifth in USC school history with 81 catches in a single season:

USC Single Season Pass Catching Leaders
Player Year Games Catches Yards TD
Keyshawn Johnson 1995 12 102 1,434 7
Mike Williams 2003 13 95 1,314 16
Dwayne Jarrett 2005 13 91 1,274 16
Johnnie Morton 1993 13 88 1,520 14
Robert Woods 2011 8 81 991 9
Mike Williams 2002 13 81 1,265 14

Woods, Richardson, and USC freshman George Farmer were a scary trio of wide receivers for Serra High in 2009, and as pointed out by Jordan Moore of the USC Ripsit blog were so good that Lee was forced to shift to defense. Lee, now a freshman with the Trojans, is second on the team in catches (34), yards (534), and touchdowns (five). Lee led the team with 94 yards against Stanford, including a 28-yard touchdown. Lee has 355 yards receiving and three touchdowns in his last four games.

The bottom line is that Colorado has been getting torched all season, allowing an average of 38 points and 435 yards per game. The Buffaloes have allowed at least 31 points in eight of their nine games this season, including a total of 193 points over their last four games. Look for Barkley, Woods, and Lee to light up the scoreboard Friday night in Boulder.

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Colorado: Cold Weather Expected For Trojans Friday Night

The USC Trojans are huge favorites on Friday night at Folsom Field in Boulder, facing the Colorado Buffaloes who are still looking for their first Pac-12 Conference win. But that doesn't mean the Trojans won't face obstacles. Such as the weather for instance.

USC landed in Boulder on Thursday, and the athletic department noted this:

The Trojans land in Boulder to the announcement that is 1 degree celsius. That's 33 degrees fahrenheit.

Most southern Californians aren't used to cold weather, although it would be pretty cool to watch a game in the snow. The last time USC played in the snow was on November 20, 1957 at Notre Dame. The temperature 54 years ago in South Bend was 20 degrees, a 40-12 USC loss.

It doesn't look like it will get that cold Friday night in Boulder, with a low of 39 degrees per The Weather Channel. Plus, there is only a 10% chance of precipitation. The Trojans have waited 54 years to play a game in snow, so what's another year or so?

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC vs. Colorado, Odds: Why The Trojans Are Favored By Three TDs

As Lane Kiffin and his USC Trojans get ready to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday, the oddsmakers aren't backing down from their picks created earlier in the week, as the Trojans are favored by three touchdowns or more, depending on where you place your bets. Are the Buffs really that bad and the Trojans really that good to be favored this heavily on the road? Well, in a word, yes. 

Colorado has never, ever beaten USC dating back to 1927, with the closest the Buffs ever getting to a win was a 17-14 loss back in 2000. So that's already not a good start for Colorado. 

The Trojans are coming off of a tough game, and will likely be getting some 'payback' against Colorado this week. Coach Kiffin himself said that is was a 'positive' experience for USC, proving that they can compete with the big boys and are talented enough to win anywhere. 

The Buffs are amongst the bottom of the barrel in a number of statistical categories in the FBS, including points for (111th 18.8 per game) points against (117th, 38.3 per game) and rushing yards (114th, 90.0 per game). USC is ranked a minimum of 40 spots higher than Colorado in all these categories. 

The talent level between these teams is almost unfair as well, and I'd wholeheartedly expect a one-sided beat down by the hands of USC this Saturday. 

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Colorado: Curtis McNeal Reflects On Game-Ending Fumble Against Stanford, Looks Ahead

The USC Trojans came agonizingly close to upsetting the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal last weekend in a 56-48 triple-overtime loss. After several hours of play and five impressive drives between the two teams during the overtime sessions, USC running back Curtis McNeal fumbled the ball during the third overtime and watched his team's chances of victory slip away as Stanford recovered the ball in the endzone.

According to a report by Greg Beachem of Mercury News, McNeal had this to say about the fumble on Wednesday:

"It took a lot away from me, especially when you're in a groove, having a good game, and then for something like that to happen...It's not even just the fumble. I fumbled, and we lost. That just really hit me real hard, because we played our hearts out that game. I just know how hard my teammates work all year long in games like that, and then I fumbled at the end."

McNeal can certainly beat himself up for the team's loss, but he must also acknowledge that he was USC's most valuable offensive player. His touchdown runs of 61 and 25 yards at the beginning of the third quarter accounted for nearly half of the Trojans' offense in regulation and gave USC a 10-point lead over the Cardinal at one point.

McNeal is ready to put the fumble behind him:

"We don't play for moral victories here. We play for the W, and we're going to keep going for it. Things happen in life. You've just got to keep going."

The Trojans will need McNeal ready for Friday's game against Colorado. The Buffaloes (1-8, 0-5 in the Pac-12) may be the worst team in the conference, but they will certainly be motivated at home on a nationally televised game against the Trojans. If USC comes out and plays sloppily, Colorado could make the game very close and interesting. McNeal can help ensure that the Trojans avoid a slow start and avenge last week's loss with a win this week. 

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USC vs. Colorado, Injury Report: RB Curtis McNeal to Start, OLB Dion Bailey Practicing

As the USC Trojans prepare for the Colorado Buffaloes, they will have to deal with a number of injuries, not to mention a few suspensions as well. 

The biggest news out of Wednesday practice was about the team's running back situation, as broke down by Dan Greenspan on Twitter:

RB Curtis McNeal will start regardless of whether or not Marc Tyler (shoulder) is available Friday at Colorado. #USC
Nov 02 via Twitter for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

 

Tyler re-injured his shoulder during the Stanford Game this past Saturday after only carrying the ball once for three yards. Maybe they're trying to save him for their upcoming games as Colorado hasn't had the best of seasons thus far, or just erring on the side of caution. 

The Orange County Register's Michael Lev tweeted that outside linebacker Dion Bailey practiced with the team today but has not been fully cleared to return completely. Bailey has been dealing with a concussion and hasn't passed the post-concussion testing yet, though can take part in some practice activities. 

AP's Greg Beachum tweeted that safety Jawanza Starling missed his second straight day of practice, meaning that the Trojans may have only two backup safeties to suit up with T.J. McDonald suspeneded. 

For more on the Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles

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USC Vs. Colorado: Lane Kiffin Fined, T.J. McDonald Suspended For First Half Against Buffaloes

The USC Trojans played one of the more exciting games of the 2011 college football season when they took the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal to three overtime periods before finally falling 56-48 on Saturday. In the aftermath of the game, head coach Lane Kiffin has been fined $10,000 by the Pac-12 and safety T.J. McDonald has been suspended for the first half of the Colorado game, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.

Kiffin's fine stems from his words after the game about the officiating. The Trojans hoped to call timeout near the end of regulation to try a game-winning field goal but weren't able to after receiver Robert Woods ran out of bounds following a catch. The Pac-12 stated that coaches are not allowed to make public comments about officiating while announcing the $10,000 penalty for Kiffin.

Meanwhile, McDonald has been suspended for one half of play by the Pac-12 due to his hard hit on a "defenseless" receiver in the fourth quarter of the Stanford game. The hit on Stanford's Chris Owusu extended Stanford's game-tying drive and allowed the Cardinal to eventually even the score at 34-34 by the end of regulation. McDonald will miss the first half of USC's game against Colorado for the hit after repeated warnings by the Pac-12 about hits above the shoulder on defenseless receivers.

USC plays Colorado on Friday night at 6:00 p.m. PT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN 3D.

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USC Vs. Colorado: Lane Kiffin Looks Ahead After Dramatic Loss To Stanford

The USC Trojans came extremely close to upsetting the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal last weekend, pushing Andrew Luck and his Cardinal teammates to three overtimes before falling 56-48 by virtue of a game-ending fumble. Trojans head coach Lane Kiffin is already looking forward to his team's next game against the Colorado Buffaloes, courtesy of Monday's press conference:

 

Kiffin stated, "we've moved on from [the Stanford loss]. We blew a 24-hour horn yesterday (Sunday), gotta get everyone moving forward." The head coach also acknowledged the dedication of the USC fans throughout the night who remained standing after the game and gave the team a standing ovation after the heartbreaking loss.

The Trojans have only two full practices before they face Colorado on Friday. The Buffaloes (1-8, 0-5 in the Pac-12) are the worst team in the Pac-12 this year, but Kiffin is not underestimating them. Asked about his upcoming opponent, Kiffin stated that the Buffaloes have been more injury-ravaged than arguably any other team in the country and are finally starting to get healthy. He won't allow his team to take a mental or emotional break as they face a struggling Colorado team.

The Trojans (6-2, 3-2 in Pac-12) play Colorado at 6:00 p.m. PT on Friday night. The game will be broadcast by ESPN and ESPN 3D. 

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USC Vs. Colorado Odds: Trojans Open As Huge Favorites

USC is heavily favored against the Colorado Buffaloes on national TV on Friday. If they play like they did against Stanford, it shouldn't be a problem living up to the billing.

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USC Vs. Colorado Football History: Trojans Have Never Lost To Buffaloes

The No. 21 USC Trojans take their show on the road this week, facing the Colorado Buffaloes Friday night at Folsom Field in a nationally televised game on ESPN. This is the first-ever Pac-12 Conference meeting between the two schools, but there is a history between USC and Colorado.

The Trojans have faced the Buffaloes five times, and have five wins to show for it. Here's a look at their history, with their last meeting coming in 2002:

  • 2002 (in Boulder): No. 17 USC 40, No. 18 Colorado 3
  • 2000 (in Los Angeles): No. 11 USC 17, Colorado 14
  • 1964 (in Los Angeles): USC 21, Colorado 0
  • 1963 (in Boulder): No. 1 USC 14, Colorado 0
  • 1927 (in Los Angeles): USC 46, Colorado 7

USC has outscored Colorado 138-24 in their five wins, allowing just three touchdowns in five games. In two games in Boulder, the Trojans have not allowed a touchdown and have outscored the Buffaloes 54-3 in those two contests.

Friday's 6 p.m. PDT game will be televised nationally by ESPN, with Dave Lamont and Rod Gilmore on the call. For more USC football news and notes, be sure to read Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Vs. Colorado: Marc Tyler, Dion Bailey Hurting For Trojans

Marc Tyler ran for three yards on the first play from scrimmage for USC on Saturday, but aggravated his dislocated shoulder and did not return.

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