USC Football takes on the California Golden Bears this week for the Homecoming game, so check your local listings for the game that will kick off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. PST. The game is broadcasted nationally on ESPN, so different people may have different channel numbers for the game, but regardless of your local listing specifics, everyone with access to cable will have the game.
Also, if anyone needs a coverage map for the contest and game day as a whole, just click here. The announcers for the game will be Dave Pasch as the play-by-play broadcaster and Dusty Dvoracek as the color analyst. SC is 71-31-5 all-time against the Golden Bears, and with the Trojans only being in the PAC-12 for two more PAC-12 matchups against them, getting this win is going to matter for SC.
SC may be 7-1 and ranked as the No. 9 team in the nation, and Cal may be just 3-5, but USC-Cal has too much significance to it to not matter to these Trojans. Again, while this yearly meetup between these two squads may not be a rivalry on the field with the Trojans dominating the head to head record like they do, but it still is a program that sees each other EVERY year.
It would be foolish to assume that they aren't tired of each other. Fortunately for the Trojans, if this game turns into a shoot-out, they're sure to win it. SC is tied for eighth in the nation with 41 points per game, and Cal is tied for just 101st while scoring 23.4 points per game. Cal's defense is better than their offense, though.
USC Football's Week 10 opponent--Cal--has the 61st-ranked defense in the country, though.
So, Cal still has a poor defense, and one that's worse than USC Football's. USC is giving up 24 points per game to Cal's 25, which is tied for 51st in America. While one point per game may not seem like too big of a disparity, USC also does something important really well in particular: Force turnovers.
The Trojans are tied for 12th in the country with 17 turnovers gained. To put it in perspective, the Bears are tied for just 26th with 15. Still don't buy the disparity, because two turnovers could seem potentially insignificant? Well, then take a look at their pass rushes.
Cal is tied for just 96th nationally with 13 total sacks on the year. USC has double that, which leads them to being tied for ninth in the country when it comes to sacks. SC is the better team on both sides of the ball, and really shouldn't struggle in their Homecoming game.