2010 PREVIEW: USC

THE LAST TWO times USC has visited Corvallis, the Trojans have lost. But Oregon State still has a long ways to go to catch up in the series. USC was the talk of the offseason, and for all the wrong reasons. Despite NCAA sanctions, will USC still field a formidable squad, or are they more vulnerable than ever?

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 The Word on the Trojans

USC can again rise and win the Pac Ten, and they can still compete for a national championship if things ‘click'. They also could wind up being the same team that continues their recent struggling trends...getting beat by unranked and far inferior teams. Until they show the world something different, the Trojans are actually lucky to jump into a Top 15 position this preseason...NationalChamps.net

Sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley showed plenty of talent last year. Now, he has to do it every week. The Trojan skill performers — wideouts Ronald Johnson and Brice Butler and backs Allen Bradford and C.J. Gable — are solid but need to upgrade their performances. That raw front seven that struggled last year? It's a veteran bunch that should dominate before long. But help is needed in the secondary, where all four starters are gone... Athlon

RB Dillon Baxter was one of the players who seemed unsure when we published that January Top 25, but he stuck with his commitment to USC and now appears ready to make an immediate impact...Sports Illustrated

Matt Barkley remains one of the brightest young quarterbacks in America, and both sides of the ball gush with mega-talent, like incoming freshmen Dillon Baxter and Kyle Prater. USC, however, is a shadow of its former self. The team will play 12 games, generate some buzz and big plays, but this season will be nothing like the last decade of Pac-10 dominance. These are strange times in Los Angeles. Strange times, indeed... CFN

So the Trojans can't technically win the Pac-10, but this 4th place finish that I've predicted could be higher or it could be lower. Gone are the days when predicting the Pac-10 was easy. The Trojans would finish with one, two or no losses, reload on signing day and do the same the next year. This season marks the first time in a while that USC is not the consensus preseason choice to win their conference... XtraPointFootball.com

 Trojans at a Glance
 Head Coach  Lane Kiffin
 at USC  0-0 (1st year), 7-6 overall
 2009 Record  9-4 Overall, 5-4 Pac-10
 Home/Road/Neutral  4-2 / 4-2 / 1-0
 Off Starters Ret/Lost  6 / 5
 Def Starters Ret/Lost  6 / 5
 Lettermen Returning  53
 Off/Def/Spec  30 / 22 / 1
 Lettermen Lost  26
 
 2009 Team Statistics
 
Stat
NCAA
Pac-10
 Total Offense
389.09
55
5
 Rushing Offense
166.77
44
4
 Passing Offense
222.31
54
6
 Points/Game
26.46
64
6
 Total Defense
340.46
40
5
 Rushing Defense
128.15
39
5
 Passing Defense
212.31
48
5
 Pts Allowed/Game
19.85
22
1
 
 Returning Stat Leaders
 #7 Matt Barkley | 6-2 | 220 | So. | QB
 Passing: 211-352, 2735 Yds, 15 TDs, 14 INTs
 #21 Allen Branford | 6-0 | 235 | Sr. | RB
 Rushing: 115 Att, 668 Yds, 5.8 Avg, 8 TDs
 #83 Ronald Johnson | 6-0 | 185 | Sr. | WR
 Receiving: 34 Rec, 378 Yds, 11.1 Avg, 3 TDs
Rajric Coleman  #6 Malcolm Smith | 6-1 | 225 | Sr. | LB
 Tackles: 72 Total, 37 Solo, 6.0 TFL
Rajric Coleman  #54 Chris Galippo | 6-2 | 250 | Jr. | LB
 INTs: 2 for 63 Yds, 70 Tackles, 34 solo, 8 TFL, 8 PBU
Chris Randle  #8 Nick Perry | 6-3 | 250 | So. | DE
 SACKS: 8 for 58, 24 Tackles, 16 Solo, 9.0 TFL
 
 Series History
 Games Played  73
 Series Record  USC leads, 59-10-4
 Last Meeting  42-36, USC on 10/24/2009
 First Meeting  38-6, OSU in 1914
 
 More on the Trojans
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