USC Podcast: RoT Radio Ep. 288, a USC vs. UCLA Preview


Reign of Troy Radio’s USC podcast returns to preview the annual Crosstown Showdown between the Trojans and the Bruins.

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Co-hosts Michael Castillo and Alicia de Artola are back in the saddle and ready for some rivalry action, previewing USC’s downer of a matchup with UCLA. They are joined by Mike Regalado of and the What’s Bruin Show to give a closer look at the Bruins.

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What’s in store with this USC podcast:

  • Michael and Alicia open the show bemoaning the lack of hype for this year’s rivalry game while looking ahead to Sunday’s post-UCLA Carcast.
  • First and foremost in the news this week, linebacker Levi Jones was kicked off the team for a violation of team rules ahead of the Cal game. The discussion of that development and Clay Helton’s culpability for a number of other departures and dismissals bleds into another on JT Daniels’ comments from practice putting blame for USC’s struggles on players, not coaches.
  • Cornerback Iman Marshall apologized to the team for his costly penalty against Cal while Markese Stepp explained his feelings on redshirting as talk in the news segment continues.
  • The RoT duo get the inside scoop on UCLA’s progress under Chip Kelly from Mike Regalado of Go Joe Bruin and the What’s Bruin Show in this week’s game preview section.
  • Alicia is looking to maintain her lead over Michael in the final stretch of Over/Under, with far too much agreement in this week’s picks. And of course, the two give predictions for the rivalry game and others.
  • The mailbag features a handful of voicemails on everything from the dire end of the season to the realization that Syracuse has passed USC.

As always, Reign of Troy Radio will have a postgame Carcast discussing this weekend’s action from the Rose Bowl.

USC may not being doing as well as fans had hoped, but there is still more than enough to talk about when it comes to the program. So why not get all the bonus content covering the Trojans on the Reign of Troy Patreon. For only $5.55 per month you can support the show and fill your podcast feed with weekly Q&A episodes, Alicia’s in-depth Rewatch of each game and postpractice Carcast updates every Tuesday and Wednesday.

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