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A Day at the Coliseum

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From start to finish, here is an Epic look at the USC vs. Oregon State game...


Throwback Thursday: Swanny

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Defend McAlister

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No. 23 USC women's soccer has been on a roll since the first kick this season and now the Women of Troy can build on their good start to the season with five consecutive Pac-12 home matches.  The Trojans (7-1-2) begin their defense of McAlister Field against Colorado (Friday at 3 p.m.) and Utah (Sunday at 3 p.m.) this weekend.

Here is head coach Keidane McAlpine's weekly update:


Water Polo Undercard

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The best tailgate Saturday will be at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center as No. 4 USC men's water polo hosts No. 5 UC Santa Barbara at Noon. Keep cool by the pool and enjoy world class water polo followed by the annual Alumni Game.

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In pursuit of a seventh consecutive national championship, men's water polo is off to an 11-2 start this season, but this is the first time the Trojans will officially play in their new home stadium.

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Arizona State Thursday: Steve Sarkisian Presser

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In his final presser before game day, head coach Steve Sarkisian announced that WR Ajene Harris (hamstring) will not play Saturday and Steven Mitchell will take most of those reps. Here is the rest of what Sarkisian had to say...

TweetMates

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USC football players can Tweet some ridiculous things, so before the season started, we combed through the back logs to find the craziest Tweets and had their teammates read them.

The result is called #TweetMates.


Trojans Live - Arizona State Week

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

John Jackson and I were joined at The Lab on Figueroa by head coach Steve Sarkisian, QB Cody Kessler and men's volleyball captain Micah Christenson plus we heard from New York Giants OLB Devon Kennard


ASU Wednesday: Notes

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The preparation continues for Arizona State as game day draws closer.
  • WR Ajene Harris strained his hamstring, but the severity of the injury is unknown at this time. 
  • In his place, Steven Mitchell will get an opportunity to work back into the mix.  "I've been talking about Steven Mitchell now for a couple weeks," said head coach Steve Sarkisian. "He's a really good slot receiver. When he's at full speed, he's a dynamic athlete."
  • The Trojans also got Aundrey Walker back into the game last week, and he could play a big role Saturday spelling Zach Banner at right tackle. "It was good to get him in the rotation and to kind of get his feet wet in the system and the tempo of it all, but we're going to need him to play better," said Sarkisian about Walker. "I think it will be beneficial to Zach, especially Saturday with the temperature we are anticipating."
  • Two Trojans have friends on this week's foe.  DT Antwaun Woods went to Taft High School with Mike Bercovici, the Sun Devils likely starting quarterback this week. "I'm super excited. I've been waiting for a long time since we left Taft High School so we finally get to play against each other," said Woods about playing against his buddy. "When I first met him the reason we became friends was because he was just so passionate about being a quarterback and football and leadership. He kind of rubbed off on me so we started hanging out every day, weekends. I'm close to his family and he's close to mine."
  • Woods does not know how he'll celebrate if he gets to sack Bercovici, but he could not resist the temptation to FaceTime him this week despite vowing not to talk to him before the game.
  • Senior safety Gerald Bowman goes way back with ASU WR Jaelen Strong. "It's going to be fun," Bowman said. "Especially seeing as though we grew up in the same neighborhood, same little league team, same junior college. We've always competed against each other."
  • Bowman and Strong made no such pact not to talk. "We text and talk throughout the week, we talk almost every day," Bowman said. "We are both so humbled and so blessed to be in the situation we are in. Especially where we come from. We constantly remind each other how blessed we are to have this opportunity."
  • However, Bowman won't be pulling his punches Saturday. "He knows I'm coming for him. He knows," Bowman said. "At the end of the day, when we get on the field, that's the other team. There's no remorse. I'm looking for him to come out and play hard and he's looking for the same from me."
  • Bowman likely won't be matched up directly with Strong, who is a big, physical receiver.  The Trojans' corners will have to defend the back shoulder throws that ate them up last year. "At the moment of truth, we have to make the play," said Sarkisian. "That's what we are going to find out here at 4:30 on Saturday if we can make those plays because they'll test us for sure."
  • The Sun Devils hung 62 points on the board against the Trojans last year, which has little to do schematically with this team, but does have some emotional carryover.  "Hopefully it factors into our pride," said Sarkisian. "Nobody likes giving up 62 points at any level."
  • Here is Sarkisian's post-practice press conference...


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.

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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