Sep 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) throws the ball against the Syracuse Orange during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

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USC Vs. Syracuse 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

The USC Trojans (1-0) and the Syracuse Orange (0-1) are set to take the big stage on Saturday, as they face off at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. In the home of the Giants and Jets, Heisman hopeful quarterback Matt Barkley will be looking to put on an entertaining show on what will be his 22nd birthday.

The Trojans are fresh off a 49-10 romping of Hawaii, while Syracuse narrowly lost to Northwestern, 42-41, last weekend. If Syracuse could steal this one, it would probably be the program's greatest victory in over two decades. However, they'll undoubtedly have their hands full with a USC team that's looking to prove to the coaches that dropping them to No. 2 in their poll was a massive mistake.

Barkley is sure to put up some serious fireworks now that Marquise Lee has emerged as one of the nation's most intimidating pass catchers (10 receptions, 197 yards and one touchdown last week). For Syracuse to hang, they'll have to rely on senior quarterback Ryan Nassib (44-of-65, 470 yards and four touchdowns against NW) to put up similar numbers from last week against a far more talented secondary.

Game Time: 12:30 p.m. PT

TV Schedule: ABC

Radio Schedule: 710 ESPN

Odds: USC favored by 26

For news, discussion and more: For more on USC football, head on over to Conquest Chronicles or the Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes. If the Syracuse Orange are more your cup of tea, pay a visit to Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician, SB Nation New York or the Big East blog Big East Coast Bias.


USC Vs. Syracuse Gambling Odds: Trojans Open As 25.5-Point Favorites

The USC Trojans, fresh off their 49-10 win over Hawaii on Saturday at the Coliseum, head to New Jersey's MetLife Stadium this week to face heavy underdog Syracuse Saturday at 12:30 PT.

The Trojans have been installed as 25 1/2 point favorites already for this game. The Orange (0-1) lost a heartbreaker in the closing seconds when Northwestern scored a late touchdown to win 42-41 at the Carrier Dome.

The Trojans should have some success running the ball, and their passing offense will certainly test the Syracuse secondary. But 'Cuse can light up the stats board with offensive numbers, too. They totaled almost 600 yard of total offense against Northwestern.

With USC's ability to score so quickly, the odds seem more likely to remain where they are, if not go up . Matt Barkley threw five TDS against the Orange last year in L.A. when the teams played, and USC won 38-17.

For more on the USC Trojans, make sure to check out Conquest Chronicles.

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