Afternoon Poll: USC vs. Cal, who wins?

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USC is taking a three-game winning streak up to Berkeley, Calif. to play Cal, who has yet to win a Pac-12 game.

The Golden Bears only win on the season came in the second week against Portland State.

On paper, the Trojans should win the game handily.  However, they are facing injury concerns, and Cal’s spread offense could cause some trouble.

Cal’s tempo could be an aid in closing the talent gap between the two teams. Quarterback Jared Goff has thrown over 50 pass attempts in six of the Bears’ games.

With limited depth on defense, and inconsistent play from the secondary, Goff figures to put them to the test.

Josh Shaw was part of a Trojan secondary that responded well to the challenges the Oregon State offense presented.  Shaw took home Pac-12 player of the week honors with eight tackles and one interception.

Cody Kessler ushered a Trojan offense to one of its most complete performances of the season.

With a strong rushing game to rely on, Kessler finished the game with 247 passing yards and one touchdown.

Offensively, USC may be as healthy as they’ve been in recent weeks with all five scholarship wide receivers practicing this week.

Cal allows an average of 42.8 points per game and 529.8 total yards of offense per game.

Who will win on Saturday?

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Topics: Football, USC Trojans

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