Preview: USC vs. Oregon State

USC (5-3) is in Corvallis (Ore.) to play a Friday night game against Oregon State (6-2)...

USC (5-3) travels to Corvallis (Ore.) this week for a Friday night matchup against Pac-12 foe Oregon State.

It's the day after Halloween and it's bound to be a bit spooky around Reser Stadium, a field the Trojans haven't won on since 2004.

Pete Carroll-led teams lost there twice in his final years as the Trojans head coach, in 2006 and 2008. Lane Kiffin lost there in 2010, 36-7.

Does interim head coach Orgeron know something about winning at Resers Stadium that his predecessors did not?

Not likely.

But Orgeron did do all he could during the short week of practice at USC to try to prepare his team for a win in teh hostile confines of Reser in Corvallis.

He pumped in crowd noise and fired up the chainsaw sound effect that Trojans will hear when Oregon State gains a first down.

The Trojans are coming off a 19-3 win over Utah, but they only found the end zone once on an explosive play to Nelson Agholor. USC relied heavily on the of kicker Andre Heidari to secure the win.

USC only suited 58 scholarship players (according to edited game notes provided by USC Sports Information; the previous count was 52 scholarship players) and needed to utilize ten walk-ons on Saturday.

After the short week of practice, the good news appears to be that USC will return a couple of those injured players, including Xavier Grimble, who will be USC's only available scholarship tight end.

The questionable news? The Trojans offensive line. USC will be without starting right tackle Kevin Graf, who suffered an ankle injury against Utah. It's already been a unity of concern for USC's offense throughout the season. Now, in a loud environment, with different faces in different positions, Orgeron admits their line could pose a few limitations.

The Beavers are led by quarterback Sean Mannion. Sean Mannion, who? Dion Bailey asked this week.

He's the quarterback who leads the nation in passing yards and passing touchdowns.

His main target is No. 7, Brandin Cooks. Cooks leads the country in receiver yards, receptions, and receiving touchdowns.

It will be an interesting matchup, to say the least, as Mannion takes his offense up agains the number on overall defense in the Pac-12. Yes, the top defense belongs to the Trojans.

USC has faired well in Friday games and night games in its history. Perhaps that's the perfect combination to take to Corvallis as they try to stop the skid at Reser Stadium.

The game Friday night kicks off at 6 pm PT on ESPN2. Be sure to keep it here, on FOX Sports, for all the latest before, during, and after the game in Corvallis.

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