It's cold in Boulder, Colo. Forty degrees cold. To put that into a chilly perspective, when the Trojans went to South Bend three weeks ago, it was 18 degrees warmer than what players will expect to see tonight. In that Notre Dame game, fans were covered from head to toe in peacoat jackets, donning mittens and boots and equipped with heat packets. USC players will need to prepare for this. I got a text from Devon Kennard saying "it's 36 degrees…I hope we get a win then get the heck out of here!"
The number of wins USC has had in 2011 is also the same number of games Colorado has lost in a row.
This is probably an easy one. That's the number of points scored in USC's triple overtime loss to Stanford last week. It was the highest-scoring game in USC history and the most ever by a Trojan opponent. With such high offensive numbers, combined with the bitter cold, Friday's matchup with Colorado has the potential of being a low scoring affair.
After Colorado's 48-14 loss at Arizona State last week, CU quarterback Tyler Hansen now sits at sixth place on the school's list of total offense leaders, with 5,231 yards. USC's Matt Barkley needs just 108 yards of total offense to move into third on his school's career total offense list.
Of the 18 preseason award watch lists, Colorado has just two players, running back Rodney Stewart and senior guard Ryan Miller, named to lists. Miller has been named to two lists, the Rotary Lombardi and Outland Trophy, both for most outstanding lineman. Stewart was also named to two lists, the Maxwell Award for most outstanding player and the Doak Walker Award for most outstanding running back.
The number of all-purpose yards Colorado running back Rodney Stewart has averaged per game this season. He is second in the Pac-12, and ninth nationally in this category. First in the conference? That of USC's Robert Woods.
The number of touchdowns Colorado has given up in the red zone. The Buffaloes rank dead last in this category. However, USC is not far behind at No. 10 in red zone defense in the conference.
USC leads the Pac-12 conference with the lowest number of penalties committed, with 44 through eight games, giving up a total 402 yards to opponents. The Buffaloes rank ninth on the list giving up an average of 71.2 yards per game, seeing 73 flags in nine games.
USC and Colorado have only met five previous times in history. The Trojans have never lost to the Buffaloes. Their last meeting was in 2002 where then No. 18 USC routed Colorado 40-3.
USC owns a .772 record at night (147-42-4). Excluding the NCAA vacated wins, the Trojans are 41-17 over opponents on the road at night.