No. 23 USC Football Goes To Colorado|
Nov. 17, 2013
No. 23 USC, back in the national polls after a dramatic last-minute victory over No. 5 Stanford, now takes its final regular season road trip of 2013 when it visits Colorado. The revitalized Trojans, who have won their last 4 overall games and past 5 Pac-12 contests, are now 5-1 under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. USC and CU have played only 7 times in history (Troy has never lost to the Buffaloes). This is the latest date that any team from the Pacific Time Zone has visited Boulder, where it could be quite chilly this Saturday night.
It is USC's eighth night game of 2013. The Trojans possess a fairly balanced offense and one of the game's best defenses. QB Cody Kessler has hit 75% of his passes over the past 3 games, with key targets being 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner WR Marqise Lee (owner of 24 USC records) and WR Nelson Agholor (also a dangerous returner). The run game features TBs Javorius Allen (7 TDs in the last 3 games), Tre Madden and Silas Redd. USC's defense continues to be in the national Top 25 in total defense, rushing defense, scoring defense, pass efficiency defense, sacks, tackles for loss, interceptions, red zone defense and third down conversion defense. That Trojan defense (which played only 2 subs last week) features DEs Leonard Williams, Ss Dion Bailey and Su'a Cravens, OLB Devon Kennard, LB Hayes Pullard and CB Josh Shaw.
Colorado, under new head coach Mike MacIntyre, also is coming off a big victory, as its home win over California last week snapped a 14-game Pac-12 losing streak. The Buffaloes feature one of the nation's premier pass catchers in WR Paul Richardson. He owns school records for receptions and receiving yards in a game. True freshman QB Sefo Liufau took over the CU offense mid-season and has been effective. Colorado's defense has struggled, as it ranks in the nation's bottom 25 in total defense, scoring defense and rushing defense. LB Addison Gillam, just a freshman, and S Parker Orms are among the national leaders in tackles, while CB Greg Henderson ranks high in deflections and interceptions. PK Will Oliver is 13th in the country in field goals. The game will be shown live nationally on Pac-12 Networks.