Syracuse (2-0) at USC (2-0)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 5 p.m. pacific on FX
Orange to Watch: Senior defensive lineman Mikhail Marinovich
The San Clemente native eschewed family tradition by traveling across the country to attend Syracuse, where he has played in more games than any other player on the Orange's roster. Mikhail's father Marv helped USC win the 1962 national championship, while his half brother Todd quarterbacked the Trojans in 1989 and 1990.
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Squeeze the Orange
Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib is the ninth most accurate passer in the nation through his first two games. The Trojans need to make him uncomfortable. Lane Kiffin has emphasized turnovers all week with USC's -2 margin. Nassib will make it difficult, but the Trojans' pressure should force him into mistakes.
Robert Woods announced himself to the Trojan Family in the third game last year with a game-changing kick return for a touchdown. True freshman WR Marqise Lee is on the precipice of a big game. LB Lamar Dawson, OG Marcus Martin and CB Anthony Brown are all kids due for more snaps and a chance to shine.
"It's about us."
Syracuse is a solid team coming off a bowl game win in 2010. However, the Trojans are ready to take the next step, especially offensively, and hang a number on the Coliseum's new video board. The head coach will take wins in all shapes and sizes, but heading into the showdown in the desert, USC would love to cap the three-game homestand with a crowd-pleasing comfortable victory.
Beat the Orange...just like Charley Steiner!