USC Podcast: RoT Radio Ep. 286, a USC vs. Cal Preview


Reign of Troy Radio’s USC podcast returns to preview the Trojans’ homecoming game with the Cal Bears at the LA Coliseum.

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It’s time for Homecoming at USC and Reign of Troy Radio, with co-hosts Michael Castillo and Alicia de Artola dive into the Trojans’ matchup against Cal in this week’s 62-minute episode.

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What’s in store with this USC podcast:

  • Michael and Alicia open the show discussing some new rivalry-themed gear in the Reign of Troy Swag Shop and the latest content on the Reign of Troy Patreon.
  • The news this week, as in many weeks this year, revolves around USC’s injury report, which includes wide receiver Michael Pittman, running back Stephen Carr and cornerback Iman Marshall. What is going on with the Trojans’ lineup this week as a result?
  • Looking at the Cal matchup, the RoT Crew examine the Bears’ exceptional defense and troubled offense. Is Cal the reverse Oregon State?
  • Cal’s defense ranks in the Top 20 nationally, but there is one key vulnerability. Michael and Alicia reason out how the run game will be key to breaking down the Bears.
  • On the other side of the ball, the Cal offense has failed to score a touchdown in the last two weeks. What is going on with their unsettled quarterback position?
  • The Over/Under game this week puts up battles on rushing yards, Dominic Davis kick returns and more.
  • Finally, Michael and Alicia give their predictions for the game and call other Pac-12 matchups for the week.

Reign of Troy Radio will be back early Sunday morning with a Carcast reacting to the result at the Coliseum between USC and Cal.

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