This will be the fourth USC-Cal game in a row in which the two teams come in unranked in the AP poll (that, is, not in the top 25). The last time when there were four straight games with neither team ranked was from 1940-1943.
It’s a nice comfortable spread for the Trojans. USC practiced this afternoon and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said his back felt 100 percent. Smith-Schuster hurt it during the Arizona game.
Tailback Justin Davis said he does not expect to play but might be back for the Oregon game.
Among those at practice was Nate Boyer, the ex-Green Beret/Texas football player who convinced Colin Kaepernick to kneel rather than sit in protest during the national anthem. Boyer played for USC assistant coach Tommie Robinson, who was previously at Texas.
Ed Orgeron is 3-0 as LSU’s interim coach. And maybe he should be given who the Tigers played. But during Steve Sarkisian’s introductory press conference at USC, I remember asking Pat Haden about bypassing Orgeron.
“I hope he proves me wrong,” Haden said.
I would say that much is evident after three games.