Game-time updates: USC-Cal

LOS ANGELES -- We're just about set to go here at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for No. 13 USC against Cal. Here are some last-minute updates as we approach the 3 p.m. PT kickoff:

  • It looks as if USC's offensive line will be assembled differently this week than it was against Stanford. Khaled Holmes, who missed last week's game, was announced as the starting center on the Coliseum video board and also warmed up there in pregame drills. Abe Markowitz practiced as the left guard pregame and appears to be the starter there this week.

  • Here's something interesting: Andre Heidari warmed up before the game and looked like his normal self, converting kicks from 50 yards with ease and knocking down consecutive 40 yarders with Matt Barkley serving as the holder. Heidari has missed the last two games. Alex Wood, who has kicked in his place, is wearing a different number for the third straight week, now sporting No. 8 after beginning with No. 6 and then switching to No. 48 against Stanford.

  • Receiver George Farmer, defensive end J.R. Tavai and linebacker Scott Starr are not in uniform for today's game, according to USC's official site. That means the Trojans will be shorthanded on the defensive line once again, with Tavai now out for his second straight contest.

  • The lower half of the student section at the Coliseum filled up well before kickoff, but the rest of the seats were largely empty as the start of the game approached. A game-time temperature of 87 degrees might have something to do with that.

We'll have extensive postgame coverage after today's game on ESPNLA.com.