Infographic: USC 56, Colorado 28

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Rapid Reaction: USC 56, Colorado 28

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Right after the final whistle, here's what LB Anthony Sarao, WR Steven Mitchell, RB Buck Allen, TE Bryce Dixon and CB Kevon Seymour had to say about the Homecoming victory:

2014: Colorado Friday Night Video

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On the heels of a Top-10 upset, USC looks to make a statement against Colorado in front of the Trojan Family at today's Homecoming game. Relive the excitement of last Saturday's battle in the desert in this week's Friday Night Video...

2014 Game 7: USC vs. Colorado

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Colorado Buffaloes (2-4, 0-3) at No. 22 USC Trojans (4-2, 3-1)

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 3 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks

Buffalo to Watch: Junior WR Nelson Spruce

spruce.jpgFor the third consecutive week, the Trojans' secondary will be tasked with marking one of the nation's best receivers.  Spruce is the most active pass catcher in the nation with 62 receptions.  He also tied for the FBS lead with 10 touchdown grabs.  The Los Angeles product will be making his own Homecoming this weekend, so look for QB Sefo Liufau to target him frequently.

Click here for more on the Buffs.

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Second Option

Buck Allen is the identity of this Trojans' offense, but with Tre Madden done for the year, USC cannot afford to run him into the ground.  Justin Davis has been effective at times, but he could use a breakout game to boost his confidence.  He admitted that the comeback from last season's injury has been a slow struggle, but he is feeling healthy and regaining his spark.  Colorado allows 5.7 yards per carry within the tackles, which is second worst among Power 5 teams (South Carolina), so Davis and Allen should pound the rock behind an improving offensive line.

Kiddie Competition

John Plattenburg and Jonathan Lockett were pressed into duty last week at Arizona, but they responded to the challenge, which is now being issued to the incumbents.  Kevon Seymour, Adoree' Jackson and Gerald Bowman are locked into the lineup if healthy, but the true freshmen are pushing for a place. Plus, Rahshead Johnson, who was converted from a wide receiver to a cornerback not too long ago, could make his debut.  At USC, the competition never stops.

Milk the Scoreboard

If the Trojans get a lead, Steve Sarkisian's marching orders to his offense will likely be different this week. The head coach has seen fourth quarter advantages evaporate in each of the last two games in part because the offense was focused more on bleeding the clock than lighting up the scoreboard.  Sarkisian knows no lead is safe anymore in the Pac-12, so he will preach offensive ruthlessness from here on out.


2014-15 Women's Hoops Poster

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Presenting the 2014-15 USC women's basketball schedule poster featuring Kiki Alofaituli, Alexyz Vaioletama, McKenzie Calvert (top row) and Courtney Jaco, Jordan Adams and Brianna Barrett (bottom row).

(Click the poster to download the hi-res version).

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Sark Heard on the Herd

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Head coach Steve Sarkisian joined Colin Cowherd, who broadcast live from the USC campus this morning, in "The Herd" on ESPN Radio.

Click here to listen.

Pac-12 Previews USC-Colorado

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For the first time this season, USC football is on Pac-12 Networks as the Trojans host Colorado.  Here is the conference crew breaking down the match-up...

2014-15 Men's Hoops Poster

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Here is your exclusive first look at the 2014-15 USC men's basketball schedule poster featuring (from left to right) Katin Reinhardt, Jordan McLaughlin, Nikola Jovanovic, Darion Clark and Julian Jacobs...

(Click the poster to download the hi-res version.)

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The Herd is Here on Friday

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As part of the 2014 ESPN Radio Fall Football Tour, The Herd with Colin Cowherd will be broadcasting live from Pardee Plaza this Friday from 7-10 a.m. PT in advance of USC's Homecoming game against Colorado. Fans in attendance will have the chance to win giveaways and be entered for raffles. 

USC head coach Steve Sarkisian will be joining the show at 9 a.m. 

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Soccer Hungry for a Win

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Coming off of two narrow losses last week to No. 23 California and No. 3 Stanford, the USC women's soccer team is ready to finish of its five-game home stand on a positive note against Arizona State on Friday (2 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks). In his weekly season update, head coach Keidane McAlpine highlights the good adjustments his team is making at half and explains that the focus against the Sun Devils will be on improving play in the final third of the field. 

Here is McAlpine's full interview...