Game 6: USC vs. Cal

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USC (4-1, 2-1) at Cal (3-2, 0-2)

AT&T Park at 6 p.m. pacific on ESPN and

Kee.jpgBear to Watch: Sophomore WR Keenan Allen

While we all admire the weekly work of USC sophomore WR Robert Woods, Allen is not far behind.  At 6'3" and 205 lbs., he is an inviting target for any quarterback, but particularly Cal QB Zach Maynard, who is Allen's half brother.  If CB Torin Harris cannot play, Allen (photo by Harry How/Getty Images) will have a distinct size advantage over the remaining Trojan corners.

Click the link to learn more about the Cal Bears:
2011-10-13 CAL Football Game Notes vs. USC.pdf

3 Keys

Even Out the Odds

Cal hopes the 3-4 defense will confuse the Trojans with multiple looks.  The Bears' best chance of slowing down Woods and Marqise Lee is pressuring Matt Barkley and stopping the run.  If the Trojans can stay out of obvious passing downs and distances, the offensive line will have a much easier time allaying the 3-4 pressure schemes.

The Third Musketeer

George Farmer's time has finally come...or so we all suspect.  In a baseball stadium, the Trojans are hoping to unveil another Serra High School homerun hitter.  He may not get many touches, but if he stretches his legs in the open field, he has more than enough speed to take it the distance.

Business Trip

USC's kids learned lessons about life on the road the hard way at Arizona State.  After a nice bounce back win at home, the young Trojans can apply what they have learned in a relatively neutral environment in San Francisco before the real lion's den next weekend in South Bend. 

USC and Cal have been battling on the gridiron since 1915.  Perhaps no Trojans/Bears match-up was better than the famed "4 downs game" in 2004...

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