USC Morning Links: Road relief, bad calls and other links


The road might be a relief for Trojans

(Scott Wolf | LA Daily News)

When USC plays at Arizona State on Saturday, it will be the Trojans’ first game in a hostile atmosphere, unless you count the angry fans at the Coliseum the previous two games.

That fact was not lost on the Trojans. When a reporter joked to USC wide receiver Marqise Lee that USC would hear less boos at Sun Devil Stadium, Lee joked back, “True.”

USC faces critical two-game stretch
(Nick Selbe | Daily Trojan)

The next two games are crucial ones for the fate of the USC football program.

On Saturday, the Trojans take on Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., a place where they were beaten 43-22 two years ago by a Sun Devil team that finished 6-7 that season.

After a bye week, the team returns to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to face an Arizona squad that derailed USC’s 2012 season with a 39-36 upset win. The loss sent the Trojans into a woeful 1-5 stretch that turned last season from a disappointment into a disaster.

The revenge factor in these games notwithstanding, both are absolute must-wins for USC head coach Lane Kiffin and his team.

USC can’t take advantage of 1-on-1 matchups
(Rahshaun Haylock | Fox Sports West)

The sky isn’t falling.  But it is certainly raining on the USC passing game. A year ago around this time, USC would have salivated at the thought of opposing defenses trying to cover its receivers one-on-one. Even heading into this season, it would have likely been the same deal. Currently, that salivating has turned into unsuccessful attempts at cracking the riddle.

Mike Pereira analyzes the big calls
(Mike Pereira | Fox Sports West)

You know what happens when you assume …

A confusing, mishandled play by the officials in the Utah State-USC game took place in the second quarter and negated a 31-yard completion for Utah State. I can only assume that the line judge … assumed.


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