USC-Huskies Preview Capsule

USC-Huskies Preview Capsule

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans calls signals against the Washington Huskies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 40-17.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 8:54 PM

No. 11 USC (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) at Washington (3-2, 1-1), 7 p.m. (FOX)
Line: USC by 12.

Series Record: USC leads 49-28-4.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Former colleagues in Heritage Hall, Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian connect again, this time in Seattle for the first time since the Huskies upset of the Trojans in 2009, Sarkisian's first season at Washington. USC tries for a third straight win after its loss at Stanford. Washington closes out a brutal stretch of playing highly ranked opponents after beating Stanford and getting run over last weekend in Eugene by No. 2 Oregon in a 52-21 loss.

KEY MATCHUP
USC passing game vs. Washington's secondary. After throwing five interceptions in the previous three games, USC QB Matt Barkley was outstanding throwing for 303 yards and three TDs last week at Utah. Washington is likely to have CB Desmond Trufant locked down on either Marquise Lee or Robert Woods, leaving Tre Watson, Marcus Peters or Greg Ducre to try and contain the other USC receiving star.

PLAYERS TO WATCH
USC: DE Morgan Breslin. The junior college transfer has been tremendous the last two games. He had 3 1/2 sacks against California two games ago then recovered a key fumble to set up a USC touchdown last week against Utah. He's got 5 1/2 sacks and 10 1/2 tackles for loss already. Now he gets to face Washington's injury-ravaged and rebuilt offensive line.

Washington: QB Keith Price. An open and honest Price talked this week of trying to take on too much with injuries and subtractions on Washington's offense. The result has been poor decisions, mediocre numbers and a scuffling Washington offense. The Huskies would love for this to be the week he finally breaks out and looks like the QB he was a year ago.

FACTS & FIGURES
USC can set a school-record for consecutive games without being shut out on Saturday. The last time the Trojans were shut out was a 27-0 loss at Washington in 1997 a span of 186 games. Three of the last four times USC has been shut out was at Washington (1983, 1990). ... Washington RB Bishop Sankey has rushed for 100 yards in three straight games. ... This is the last time the teams will play until 2015.

 

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