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?

Join the game-long discussion in the comments section and make your opinion heard!  

Topics: Football, USC Trojans

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  • Shiloh Winder

    Everyone is going to blitz the crap out of us all season. We better learn how to pick it up make them pay.

  • Jeff Clark

    Why is Graham still playing his starters?

    • Matthew Moreno

      Yeah, “what’s his deal?”

      • Jeff Clark

        Seriously though – he seems like an ass.

        • Matthew Moreno

          I don’t think all of their starters are in. That timeout though… ???

  • Jeff Clark

    Ok that’s just douchey. You’re seriously up by 21 against a team that’s now seen 4 starters get hurt, and you’re calling a timeout with less than 4 minutes and first and goal?

    • Matthew Moreno

      Kicking the Trojans while they’re down

      • Jeff Clark

        I guess this is long overdue payback for the brain damage we caused Rudy Carpenter back in 2008. Anyone else remember that game?

        • Matthew Moreno

          Was that the Thanksgiving night game?

          • Jeff Clark

            Yes!

          • Matthew Moreno

            That game was glorious

  • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

    Thanks for coming, guys! You want a centerpiece? Take a centerpiece!

    • Matthew Moreno

      Thanks, because I no longer have my dignity after that loss

      • PenguinOfTroy

        That was fun…except it wasn’t. It really really wasn’t.

  • Matthew Moreno

    There was some good discussion tonight. Maybe next time the Trojans can play better.

    Thanks everyone!