USC Football: Trojans Beat Washington If...

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Oct 4, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Southern California Trojans tailback Silas Redd (25) carries the ball against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

…Silas Redd and company establish a strong running game. 

In Washington’s two losses this season, LSU and Oregon ran for an average of 270 yards, 5.1 yards per carry, and six total rushing touchdowns. By comparison, the Huskies’ lone win against a ranked opponent featured a Stanford ground attack that was limited to 87 total yards, 3.1 per carry, and zero touchdowns.

USC hasn’t emphasized the run game a lot this season but they still rank third in the conference in yards per rush (5.1). Silas Redd has proven himself to be a more-than capable runner, with 415 yards on the season already, while Curtis McNeal’s 6.8 yards per carry puts him behind only De’Anthony Thomas and Jonathan Franklin in the Pac-12. McNeal suffered a concussion against Utah, but DJ Morgan returned from knee surgery and looked strong. Those three runners will have to put in a strong performance to survive the trip to Seattle.

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