USC is returning to the nightmarish setting that is Corvallis, Ore.
After not playing each other for two years, USC and Oregon State will square off on Friday night in front of an expected raucous crowd.
The Trojans’ troubles in the state of Oregon are well-documented, and they are currently riding a three-game losing streak in Corvallis.
USC’s last victory at Reser Stadium came in 2004.
Oregon State is fresh off a tough loss to Stanford, but still sit comfortably with a 4-1 conference record. Overall, the Beavers are 6-2.
USC may see the return of key offensive weapons, but if the Trojans hope to end their losing streak at Reser Stadium, the defense will need to contain California natives Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks.
Moving Josh Shaw from safety to cornerback has helped the Trojans rectify issues in the secondary, but Su’a Cravens’ potential absence may loom large.
Mannion leads the nation with an average of 408 passing yards a game. Mannion has also thrown for 30 touchdowns to only three interceptions.
Cooks is averaging 157 receiving yards a game, and has already surpassed his 2012 totals in receptions and receiving yards.
USC’s last road game resulted in an inexplicable loss given how well the defense played. It will take a complete team effort if the Trojans hope to put an end to their woes in the state of Oregon.
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