Four USC Super Bowl XLVIII Storylines To Watch

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Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith (53) celebrates at the end of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There’s no shortage of story lines to explore heading towards Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII, especially when it comes to the USC Trojans. After all, there are connections to Heritage Hall woven through both the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

Here are some of the things USC fans should keep an eye on:

A Trojan Will Earn A Ring

It should come as no surprise that USC will be well-represented in the Super Bowl this year, considering how the Trojans have featured in all but five of the 47 previous games. This is a particularly good year to be a Trojan in the NFL however as USC boasts four players on the Super Bowl rosters this year, that’s tied for second most behind only Tennessee.

The Seahawks hold the edge in terms of former USC players. Malcolm Smith is the starting weakside linebacker and his back up happens to be former teammate Mike Morgan. Smith’s interception in the waning moments of Seattle’s 23-17 victory over San Francisco in the NFC Championship game may have been overshadowed by Richard Sherman’s post-game dramatics, but it sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.

Tight end Anthony McCoy won’t get to play in the game because of an injury, but he’ll get a ring if the Seahawks win.

On the Denver side of the line, left tackle Winston Justice could see the field even though he won’t start.

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