2013 Game 12: USC vs. Colorado

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No. 23 USC Trojans (8-3, 5-2) at Colorado Buffaloes (4-6, 1-6)

Folsom Field at 6:30 p.m. PT (7:30 p.m. Boulder time) on Pac-12 Networks

Buffalo to Watch: Junior WR Paul Richardson

paul-richardson-colorado-wr.jpgThe Trojans have been effusive in their praise for Richardson all week.  He is a Los Angeles product who teamed up with Marqise Lee, George Farmer and Robert Woods at Serra High School in Gardena, so many USC players know him well. CB Josh Shaw, who will be tasked with covering Richardson for much of Saturday, has worked out with him in the off season.  "If you ask me, he's the best receiver I have seen on film this year," complimented Shaw.  Richardson is on pace to break CU's single-season records with 71 catches for 1,201 yards and 9 TDs already this year.

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Have a Day

USC QB Cody Kessler seems to grow in confidence every week.  Coming off his Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week performance, the sophomore will hope to feast on the Buffaloes as his predecessor did.  Matt Barkley passed for 6 touchdowns in each of his two games against Colorado the previous two years.  The Buffaloes have the second worst pass defense in the Pac-12 giving up 267 yards per game on average.

Heat It Up

USC has not played a game in the snow since November 30, 1957, at Notre Dame.  While the snow might clear out before kickoff, Folsom Field is expected to be an unfriendly 25-degrees throughout the night.  The Trojans played in cold weather games at Notre Dame and Oregon State this year, but packed houses raised the in-stadium temperature and energy level in both cases.  This time, USC will have to motivate itself against a Pac-12 cellar dweller in between two monster home games against Stanford and UCLA. 

If It Ain't Broke...

The Trojans are playing their best football in two years as they have found a winning formula under Ed Orgeron.  Keep it loose and fun off the field, while bringing intensity and toughness on the gridiron.  The win over Stanford should do nothing but boost the team's confidence even further.  Many Trojans have expressed support for Orgeron's head coaching candidacy, and they know that the best thing they can do for him is to keep winning.  "We know we have him for three more games, and we are going to give everything we got for him these last three games that he's guaranteed to be a head coach," said junior safety Dion Bailey about Orgeron.

USC is 7-0 all-time vs. Colorado including stampeding the nationally ranked Buffaloes in 2002.

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