The dismissal of its head coach and two straight losses had USC reeling, but the Trojans under interim head coach Clay Helton have rebounded. After playing a UCLA team that was coming off of two losses, the Bears now have a pair of back-to-back defeats of their own. Quarterback Jared Goff and receiver Stephen Anderson promised that Cal will be a different team when they return home to face USC, whom the Bears have not beaten since 2003.
What can we tell about USC from the Trojans' get-off-the-mat win against No. 3 Utah -- a team that beat California by six points? First things first: Don't throw the ball anywhere near Cameron Smith. Second: USC is definitely getting more comfortable using Adoree Jackson on offense, but just because Jackson's being used as another target for Cody Kessler doesn't mean there's not another big name Cal should worry about -- Juju Smith-Schuster. Get the inside scoop on what Saturday's Trojan win and Thursday's Bears loss mean for the Halloween match-up, which has been announced as a noon kick-off on FOX.
The contest will be Cal’s 12th consecutive day game at home and 15th in its last 17 contests at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium, while the Golden Bears have played 13 of their last 17 road contests at night.