Game-time updates: Syracuse

We're just about set to go at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum for the Trojans' first game against Syracuse since 1990. Here are a couple of last-minute things worthy of an update before kickoff:

  • Running back Marc Tyler is officially getting the start, his first of the 2011 season. It had been expected all week after his 24-carry, 113-yard performance last week against Utah, but Trojans coach Lane Kiffin refused to say anything outright. Well, we know now. Expect Tyler to get the lion's share of the carries in the first half against the Orange and potentially after that too, with D.J. Morgan likely backing him up.

  • Not in uniform: left guard Martin Coleman, who started last week against Utah. He suffered a shoulder injury and didn't practice all week, so freshman Marcus Martin will start in his place in his first collegiate game. Abe Markowitz, another potential participant at left guard, is in uniform and could play despite a left foot injury.

  • Backup strongside linebacker Marquis Simmons will not play, still out with a neck injury that sidelined him all week. He's wearing a neck brace. In his place providing help for starter Dion Bailey will be true freshman Tre Madden, a Mission Viejo product who played on special teams in the first two games but nothing else.

Join us here on the USC Report on ESPNLA.com at 5 p.m. PT as Mark Saxon and I keep you updated throughout the game in Trojans Live!, a full-blown interactive chat.