Game 1: USC vs. Minnesota

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Minnesota (0-0) at #25 USC (0-0)

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 12:30 p.m. pacific on ABC or ESPN2

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The 2011 Trojans have bonded through Fall Camp, but Saturday is the first test.  Who are they?  Will they put on an aerial show with Matt Barkley going vertical to Robert Woods and company?  Can the pass rush strike fear into the hearts of Pac-12 quarterbacks?  Is the offensive line a weakness?  We'll all know more after they put something on film.

Turn the Page

In talking about dual-threat Minnesota QB Marqueis Gray, Lane Kiffin invoked the cringe worthy comparison to Vince Young.  The Gophers also feature a talented runner in senior Duane Bennett.  Statistically, the 2010 defense (photo by Jon SooHoo) was the worst in school history. The 2011 defense can start building a new reputation by containing the Golden duo.

Beat the Gophers

Jerry Kill would love nothing more than to ring in a new era of Minnesota football by knocking off the heavily-favored Trojans.  The Golden Gophers may not be the Big Ten's best, but they are not a walkover opponent like many major programs schedule as an opener.  In front of the home crowd, USC should start fast and sustain energy for 60 minutes using its new found depth.

In honor of the Minnesota opener, we had some fun by reediting a "Caddyshack" classic...

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