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Basketball Mini-Plans

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USC men's basketball season is coming up fast.  The Trojans have an exciting young team ready to light up Galen Center, so hoops fans will want to secure their tickets now.

If you're not ready to commit to season tickets, mini-plans are the next best bet.  You can customize your mini-plans to see the best games that fit your schedule.

Click here for more.

The Trojans home schedule includes Pac-12 showdowns with Stanford, Cal and UCLA.  The fun starts November 15 against Portland State at Galen Center.

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2014 NFL Week 4

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The Best

Tyron Smith, OT, Cowboys

smith-tyron.jpgNow in his fourth season, Smith has developed into a franchise left tackle earning his first Pro Bowl berth in 2013.  Now, he is the star of one of the NFL's best offensive lines as the Cowboys lead the league in rushing through four games.  Dallas is off to a 3-1 start after dominating New Orleans on Sunday Night Football.  With Smith protecting his back side, Tony Romo passed for 262 yards, while DeMarco Murray ran behind him for 149 yards and 2 TDs.

Best of the Rest

Brian Cushing, LB, Texans - Team-leading 9 tackles (8 solo) and a pass defended

Troy Polamalu, S, Steelers - 5 tackles (3 solo), a tackle-for-loss and a pass defended

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 4 tackles (2 solo) and 2 QB hits

Shareece Wright, CB, Chargers - 6 tackles (5 solo) including one tackle-for-loss

Rhett Ellison, TE, Vikings - 19-yard catch

Robert Woods, WR, Bills - 3 catches for 17 yards

Wes Horton, DE, Panthers - 3 tackles and a pass defended

Trojans Live - Arizona State Week

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A Pac-12 South showdown looms this Saturday, so we have an all-star Trojans Live to match. 

John Jackson and I will be joined at The Lab on Figueroa by head coach Steve Sarkisian, QB Cody Kessler and men's volleyball captain Micah Christenson plus we will hear from New York Giants OLB Devon Kennard.  The show starts at 6 p.m. PT on The Beast 980 AM.

Click here for the live stream link.

Come down and enjoy Happy Hour with the Trojans!

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UNFILTERED: Oregon State

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The Trojans showed their true character Saturday night by bouncing back after the loss at Boston College.  Here's an UNFILTERED look at how they did it...


ASU Tuesday: Notes

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Tre Madden made his padded return to the practice field to highlight the start of ASU prep week.
  • Madden did "minimal work," said head coach Steve Sarkisian, but he called it a "positive" sign just to get No. 23 back out on the practice field as more than a spectator.
  • Madden: "I just came out here and tested it out to see how it felt. It felt sore. I'm just taking it day-by-day. It's very frustrating, but it's football."
  • Otherwise, "We appear relatively healthy," said Sarkisian, who noted that OL Jordan Simmons is out with a bone bruise.
  • The Trojans will need all hands on deck given the projected mid-90s temperatures on tap for Saturday's late afternoon start. "We all see the forecast," said Sarkisian, who recognized that rotations will be critical this week. The Trojans are focused on "playing all of our available people" in practice and then in the game this week.
  • The heat will be compounded by two fast paced teams.  The Sun Devils ran 105 plays against UCLA last Thursday to tie USC's Pac-12 record 105 plays against Fresno State.  "Both teams are going to go fast," said Sarkisian. 
  • Cody Kessler has been remarkably efficient leading USC's offense.  He leads the nation in passing attempts without throwing an interception, yet he has not received the same national attention as other Pac-12 quarterbacks. "That's the last thing I am focused on," said Kessler. "You have to win. People can write whatever article they want about you, but what matters is you go out and perform on the field."
  • RB D.J. Foster is ASU's most dangerous weapon.  The Pac-12's leading rusher is also a major threat as a receiver. "I don't know if there is a better word than versatile," Sarkisian said about Foster. "He's all over the place."
  • The Sun Devils' offense deceived the Trojans with misdirection last year en route to scoring 62 points.  Sarkisian explained that ASU uses nearly every possible formation and the offense incorporates running backs extremely well in the passing game.
  • ASU has the worst run defense in the Pac-12, so the Trojans could have opportunities to gash the Sun Devils.  USC's running backs have been good this season, but they have not made the game breaking plays consistently.  "It's just that last little piece to their game that we want to take them to another level," said Sarkisian.
  • USC broke some long runs last year in Tempe, but it was mostly a hard night, which ended in Lane Kiffin losing his job. "Last year was tough, it was a rough loss," said TE Randall Telfer. "But Coach Sark is emphasizing that there's nothing we can do about that. We don't want that blemish on our resume two years in a row. Our preparation is the same that it's been all season, we're going to go out and compete our tail off, but in the back of our minds, we know what we have to do."
  • Telfer has been utilized more in the passing game the last two weeks as well as fellow TE Bryce Dixon. "It felt good. I haven't done that in a while," he laughed. "It was good to get the ball in my hands and contribute."
  • In looking at the Sun Devils' defense, Sarkisian described them as a "very aggressive unit," and expects all the missed tackles against UCLA will be considered an "aberration" going forward. The head coach is focused on the line of scrimmage this week as the place the game will be decided.
  • Here is Sarkisian's post-practice press conference including some praise for Adoree' Jackson:


Sarkisian Q&A: ASU Week

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian sat down with us for his weekly Q&A to recap the win over Oregon State and look ahead to Saturday's Pac-12 South showdown with Arizona State.


Ford Trojan of the Game: Su'a Cravens

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Sophomore safety/linebacker Su'a Cravens was voted the SoCal Ford Dealers Trojan of the Game by the Trojan Family via social media.

In his new outside linebacker position, Cravens dominated the contest.  He started the scoring by baiting Sean Mannion into a pick-six and then went on to add a sack and another tackle-for-loss.


Second Half Team

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No. 18 USC women's soccer responded to its first loss of the season by getting right back on track with a road win in Tucson.  The Women of Troy defeated Arizona 3-0 thanks to three second half goals and a dynamic performance by freshman Sydney Sladek, who had a goal and an assist.

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The Trojans were stymied in the first half, but as has become a trend with this team, they found another gear in the second 45 minutes to secure the first Pac-12 win of the season.

"I am really proud of the way we finished the game," head coach Keidane McAlpine said. "All the credit goes to Arizona on their approach to the game. It was another hard-fought Pac-12 game. I am proud of the adjustments we were able to make at the half in order to get the result."

The Trojans begin a five-match home stand this week with Colorado (3 p.m. on Friday) and Utah (3 p.m. on Saturday) coming to McAlister Field.


Photo Gallery: Volley Facing Adversity

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USC women's volleyball has long been a powerhouse program, but the Women of Troy are still searching for their game this season in the midst of five losses in six matches.  The Trojans dropped a four-setter to Arizona State on Friday (John McGillen photos below), and they head to Washington and Washington State this week.


ASU, Arizona Game Times Set

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USC's home football game this Saturday (Oct. 4) against defending Pac-12 South Division champion Arizona State will kick off at 4:30 p.m. PT in the Coliseum.  It will air live nationally on FOX.

Click here for tickets.

And the following week on the road, USC's Oct. 11 game at Arizona will kick off at 7:30 p.m. PDT/MST.  The game will air live nationally on ESPN2.

Marqise Lee's greatest individual performance came in Tucson in 2012.
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