Sep 14, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham leads his team onto the field to start the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

USC vs. ASU: Live Game Thread, Starting Lineups and Preview

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USC vs. Arizona State

Sun Devil Stadium | Tempe, Ariz.
7:30 PM Pacific | ESPN2 | WatchESPN Live Stream
All-time Series: USC leads 18-10
Last meeting: USC 38, ASU 17, in 2011
Line: Arizona State -4 (according to Bovada)
USC and Arizona State are set to square off in a pivotal Pac-12 South matchup, with both teams looking to avoid a daunting 0-2 start in conference play.

The Trojans will need to improve on a subpar offensive performance against Utah State and the Sun Devils hope to right the ship after a physical loss to Stanford. After shutting down Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton, the USC defense will be tasked with containing another uptempo, spread-you-out attack.

Including previews from our friends in both the USC and Arizona State blogosphere, get up to speed in time before the 7:30 p.m. kickoff with some gameday links:

When USC has the ball:

USC offense:
SE Nelson Agholor #15
LT Chad Wheeler #72
LG Max Tuerk #75
C Marcus Martin #66
RG John Martinez #59
RT Kevin Graf #77
TE Xavier Grimble #86
FL Marqise Lee #9
QB Cody Kessler #6
FB Jahleel Pinner #38
HB Tre Madden #23

ASU defense:
NG Marcus Hardison #12
DT Will Sutton #90
DE Gannon Conway #95
SLB Anthony Jones #31
MLB Steffon Martin #2
OLB Carl Bradford #52
WLB Chris Young #21
CB Osahon Irabor #24
SS Alden Darby #4
FS Robert Nelson #9
CB Lloyd Carrington #17

When ASU has the ball:

ASU offense:
XWR Jaelen Strong #21
YWR Kevin Ozier #82
ZWR Richard Smith #3
LT Evan Finkenbrg #62
LG Jamil Douglas #74
C Kody Koebensky #67
RG Vi Teofilo #73
RT Tyler Sulka #54
TE Darwin Rogers #17
YTE Chris Coyle #87
OB Taylor Kelly #10
TB Marion Grice #1
RB D.J. Foster #8

USC defense:
OLB Devon Kennard #42
DE Leonard Williams #94
NT Antwaun Woods #99
DE George Uko #90
OLB Morgan Breslin #91
MLB Hayes Pullard #10
WLB Lamar Dawson #55
CB Kevon Seymour #13
FS Demetrius Wright #24
SS Su’a Cravens #21
CB Josh Shaw #26

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How will USC fare in the desert?  Will the Trojan offense rise to the occasion?  Will the defense be relied on to win another game?

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