Washington State at USC
Friday, Sep. 21 – preview courtesy of Point Train
Friday Night the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will play host to Friday night football for the first time since the start of the new millennium as the upstart Cougars of Washington State travel into town to face a dejected USC Trojans squad looking to get back on track.
Washington State will open conference play Friday night in the City of Angels at 7:30pm local time as they look to take down the Trojans of the University of Southern California. Mike Leach’s Cougars have started off the year strong, 3-0 entering a tough road test in week four. In order for the Cougars to return to Pullman with a double U they will need a plethora of things to go their way. For starters, East Carolina transfer quarterback Gardner Minshew will have to play well on the road. Minshew has played well in the first three weeks, passing for 1203 yards, as well as eight touchdowns compared to only three interceptions. Minshew, coupled with a lethal wide receiving core featuring Davontavean Martin who already has 290 yards receiving and three touchdowns, can cause major problems for a battered and bruised USC secondary.
USC plays it’s second Pac-12 conference game of the season this Friday night as they play host the Washington State. The Men of Troy have not started out the season very well to say the least. Struggling offensively with true freshman quarterback JT Daniels, the Trojans have failed to break 20 points in two of their first three games to start the season. Clay Helton’s squad hopes to get back to their winning ways of week one and in order to accomplish this feat the Trojans will need better play from Daniels as well as everyone else really. Pac-12 conference football is a different animal than your week one non-conference UNLV, and the Trojans need to step it up this Friday or they will find them in a tough 0-2 hole in the Pac-12 South. It’s gut check time whether the Trojans like it or not, and they better figure something out quick.
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