Beat Your Rivals

USC is 0-5 against UCLA and Notre Dame and has not beaten either team since 2011. For some perspective, before 2011 the last time USC got swept by its archrivals was 1995.

So Steve Sarkisian got do himself a big favor with a victory over the Irish, even if they have allowed 30-or-more points for six straight games and lost three straight.

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USC Morning Buzz: Did The Offense Become Too Predictable?

Is USC’s offense too predictable? It seemed heading into the UCLA game that Nelson Agholor got nearly every pass and he entered that contest with nearly twice as many receptions as anyone else.
“You can potentially fall into the trap of where that’s where the ball should go (too often),” Steve Sarkisian said after the UCLA loss.
But Cody Kessler seemed to not fully agree.
“We’ve had games where nine or 10 people touched the ball so I don’t know about that,” Kessler said. “ A lot of people have touched the ball and made plays for us.”

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USC 53, Cal State Fullerton 49


At some point, Andy Enfield will no longer be known as a shot doctor. USC made 21-percent of its free throws (3-14) and 29 percent of its 3-pointers (4-14) against Fullerton but got a timely block from Nikola Jovanovic to preserve the victory.
The good news is forward Malik Martin only has a bone bruise in his knee and should be back around Christmas. Martin hurt his knee last week at the Charleston Classic.

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Angelina Jolie (Via Video) To Introduce USC Band Saturday

ZAMPERINI.2Actress Angelina Jolie will introduce the USC band’s tribute to the Louis Zamperini via video this Saturday at halftime of the Notre Dame on Saturday. Jolie is the director of Unbroken, the movie on Zamperini’s life, which opens Christmas Day.

Better yet, can Jolie deliver a halftime speech to the football team? She should get the team more fired up than the coaching staff did at the UCLA game.

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Cody Kessler On UCLA Game

What does USC QB Cody Kessler need to improve this week after the UCLA debacle?

“Everything,” he said. “I need to play better. Some of the sacks I was holding (the ball) a little longer to make things happen because we were down and my competitive spirit took over.”

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Who’s Leaving?

There’s a lot of buzz about how many underclassmen could go pro after the season. Names most mentioned are Javorius Allen, Leonard Williams, Antwaun Woods, Nelson Agholor and George Farmer.

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Matt Leinart Will Run Out Of Tunnel Against Notre Dame

Former USC quarterback Matt Leinart will run out of the tunnel with the team Saturday at the Coliseum.

“They had me lead them out last year before the Stanford game, and that turned out to be a big upset,” Leinart said. “It’s exciting to be part of this and it’s a great opportunity to get to do it.”

Will someone “push” Leinart out of the tunnel? That’s a reference to the Bush Push to those who don’t get it.

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Buck Allen Unsure Of Future

Tailback Buck Allen said after practice he “doesn’t even know at this point” if he will turn pro or return to USC next season.

Meanwhile, tight end Bryce Dixon did not practice because a possible concussion against UCLA. WR Nelson Agholor said his dropped punt was from going away from fundamentals and he should have fair-catched it.

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