USC vs. Colorado on October 13 will be a late kickoff as the Trojans come out of a bye week looking to take control in the Pac-12 South.
The Trojans will get another taste of “Pac-12 After Dark” on October 13 when this year’s USC vs. Colorado game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Coliseum. FS1 will have the broadcast next Saturday night.
USC is off this weekend with a bye, but when they return to take on the No. 21 Buffaloes it will be the third consecutive kickoff for the season after the seven o’clock hour. In Austin, the Trojans and Longhorns started their Week 3 out-of-conference tilt at 7:20 local time while Week 4 and 5 games against Washington State and Arizona were in the late Pacific time slot.
Colorado has started the 2018 season on a roll, winning their first four games. That’s a nice way to bounce back from last year’s disappointing 5-7 record.
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However, the Buffaloes still have plenty to prove. One of their wins was against FCS New Hampshire while their three FBS wins have come against Colorado State, Nebraska and UCLA. The combined win total of that trio in 2018? 1-12.
With USC on the bye, Colorado will take on Arizona State this weekend. The winner of that game will take control in the Pac-12 South. Should the Buffaloes get through with the victory, the trip to the Coliseum will be a chance to gather another key tiebreaker in the division.
To do so, they’d have to break a couple of major streaks. Colorado has never beaten USC in 12 meetings. The Trojans are also riding an 18-game winning streak at home.
USC has opened the 2018 season at a shaky 3-2, notching close victories over Washington State and Arizona in the past two weeks to salvage a 1-2 start, including demoralizing losses to Stanford and Texas.
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During the bye week, the Trojans will be looking to shake off the mistakes and miscues that have plagued them in the opening weeks. Against Colorado, they will have the first opportunity to prove they’ve taken a step forward, or not.