Game 9: USC vs. Colorado

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#21 USC (6-2, 3-2) at Colorado (1-8, 0-5)

Folsom Field at 7 p.m. mountain time on ESPN, and ESPN3D

Paul-Rich.jpgBuffalo to Watch: Sophomore WR Paul Richardson

How good is Richardson?  He was good enough to keep Marqise Lee on defense two years ago at Serra High School.  In 2009, Richardson formed the three-wide formation with Robert Woods and George Farmer in Gardena.  After getting dismissed from UCLA, Richardson settled at Boulder, where he was an honorable mention Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2010.  This season, he set a school record with 284 receiving yards against Cal and should be back from injury for the USC game.

Click the link to learn more about Colorado:
CUFB11-Game 10 (USC).pdf

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Forecast a W

The Trojans may just have lucked out on the weather.  Temperatures in the Boulder area are frigid today and snow is expected on Saturday, but it should be a mild 49 degrees at kickoff with a low of 39.  The team was negatively influenced by the chill at Oregon State last year, so this group will have to bring a wintry mindset.

Next Man Up

Drew McAllister, Marshall Jones and Tre Madden could all potentially start Friday night.  Colorado's passing attack is a relative strength with Richardson as a wide threat, Rodney Stewart as an all-purpose running back and efficient QB Tyler Hansen (14 TDs to 6 INTs).  USC's newcomers are more than capable though of continuing the recent stellar play from the Trojans' back seven, which has made great strides from last year.

Hangover Cure

The Trojan Family was delivered a collective punch to the gut when the Stanford game fell to the Farm.  The team gets an opportunity to get right back on the horse buffalo in a short week.  Colorado is last in the Pac-12 in offense and last in defense.  If the Trojans use last Saturday's heartbreaker as fuel, they can really punish the Buffaloes on national television (in 3D!). 

USC and Colorado have not met since 2002 when the Trojans' trounced the Buffaloes in Boulder 40-3 behind Malaefou MacKenzie's two touchdowns. (Photo by Getty Images)

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