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USC’s passing game looking to test stingy Cal secondary

Nov. 15, 2019 4:09 PM EST

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — For a team that has historically produced a bevy of talented, top-tier running backs, USC has had a lot of success this season throwing the ball. The Trojans have the second-most prolific passing game in the Pac-12, and freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis has had multiple touchdown...

UCLA’s hopes for South title still alive facing No. 8 Utah

Nov. 14, 2019 12:15 PM EST

Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK: UCLA at No. 8 Utah. Strange as it sounds, the Bruins could throw a giant wrench into the Pac-12’s hopes of returning to the College Football Playoff by pulling an unlikely upset in Salt Lake City. Utah holds a one-game lead...

USC holds on to beat Arizona State 31-26

Nov. 9, 2019 8:45 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Christian Rector saw a receiver break free off the edge and slipped into coverage. Realizing the ball was coming his way, he stuck his hand up, tipped it to himself and made a diving interception. With one nimble play, Southern California's 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive lineman halted...

USC coach's job shaky as Trojans await Arizona State

Nov. 8, 2019 4:46 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Southern California coach Clay Helton kept his job last year despite the Trojans' first losing season since 2000. As USC stumbles through another mediocre season and a new athletic director is in place, the calls for Helton's job grow louder by the loss. The key Saturday against Arizona...

1 vs 2: LSU-Alabama is big, but loser still could make CFP

Nov. 8, 2019 9:41 AM EST

All eyes are on LSU-Alabama this week. It's the first matchup of Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Associated Press Top 25 since the Tigers and Crimson Tide met in 2011. LSU and Alabama are 2-3 behind Ohio State, and ahead of Penn State, in the first College Football Playoff rankings released this week. The stakes in...

USC at Arizona State headlines Pac-12 this week

Nov. 7, 2019 4:07 PM EST

Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK: Southern California at Arizona State. Two teams in need of a win meet in the desert Saturday afternoon. The Trojans need it and maybe a couple more to possibly save coach Clay Helton's job. USC (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12) is just one game...

Southern California hires Mike Bohn as athletic director

Nov. 7, 2019 3:01 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California hired Mike Bohn as its new athletic director on Thursday, breaking from tradition to turn over the program to a veteran collegiate sports administrator with no ties to the school. USC President Carol Folt announced the hiring nearly two months after Lynn Swann...

USC expects to use another pass-heavy plan at Arizona State

Nov. 6, 2019 5:18 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Clay Helton brought the Air Raid offense to Southern California this season, he stressed that it could be executed in such a way to maintain balance between run and pass. However, injuries at running back and playing from behind have forced the Trojans to lean heavily on the pass in...

Herbert leads No. 7 Ducks past USC 56-24 to 8th straight win

Nov. 3, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oregon's defense began the game by giving up a 16-play touchdown drive. Justin Herbert then threw only his second interception since last November. The Ducks had barely survived back-to-back close games in the previous two weeks, and their winning streak appeared to be in peril again...

No. 7 Oregon takes winning streak, playoff hopes to face USC

Nov. 1, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a swell of momentum from seven straight victories, the route to the College Football Playoff is increasingly clear for No. 7 Oregon. In fact, the Ducks might be facing the biggest remaining obstacle in their path Saturday night when they visit Southern California, which still has...