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2016 Schedule
1-3, 6th in Pac 12 - South
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7hKevin Gemmell and Kyle Bonagura

What to watch: Arizona State at USC

Arizona State looks to avenge last year's loss and remain unbeaten, while the Trojans look to avoid their first 1-4 start since 2001.

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10hESPN RecruitingNation

Hot Board predictions: Huge games ... huge visitors

A pair of five-stars will be in the front row, visiting SEC powerhouses while Michigan hosts another New Jersey prospect and Clemson takes a shot at an ESPN 300 DB.

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton was good-spirited when asked about the "noise" that has come as a result of the Trojans' 1-3 start. "I know the expectations of SC and I'm a realist," he said. "We're in a production-based business, if you don't win, especially at this level, there's going to be griping and it's well-deserved."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC right tackle Zach Banner will be a game-time decision Saturday against Arizona State with an ankle injury. Coach Clay Helton said after practice Thursday that Banner is about 80 percent and if he is unable to play, both Chuma Edoga and Jordan Simmons will play.

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1dKyle Bonagura

Former USC LB sues NCAA, Pac-12 for wages

A lawsuit against the NCAA and Pac-12 filed Monday alleges that ex-USC LB Lamar Dawson was "repeatedly paid a substandard wage insofar as he was denied full pay for all hours worked."

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC linebacker Cam Smith said the Trojans plan to blitz more against Arizona State, but blitzing hasn't paid off for the team through four games. USC ranks No. 10 in the Pac-12 in yards per play allowed while sending pressure. The Trojans blitz 18.6 percent of the time, which is the sixth highest percentage in the Pac-12. Here is the full list of yards per play allowed which blitzing in the conference: 1. UCLA 2.42 (43 plays) 2. Colorado 3.8 (40) 3. Oregon 4.39 (82) 4. Utah 4.62 (61) 5. Washington 6.4 (5) 6. Cal 6.84 (19) 7. Arizona 7.12 (58) 8. Oregon State 7.5 (20) 9. Arizona State 8.37 (43) 10. USC 8.59 (22) 11. Washington State 9.33 (18) 12. Stanford 10.94 (18)

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Can Arizona State stun reeling USC?

What do you make of struggling USC? Their backs are against the wall but it's hard to believe they are laying 10.5 to Arizona State. ESPN's Phil Steele think the Trojans prevail, but it won't be easy. Week 5 best bets (Insider)

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Kornheiser to Helton: 'You're USC' (1:49)
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Jackson drops in updated #CFBrank

USC's do-it-all star Adoree' Jackson, our preseason No. 21 player, falls 10 spots to No. 31. His impact has been felt on defense and special teams, but he hasn't been involved too much on offense. Updated #CFBrank

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Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC RT Zach Banner was disappointed to see former players trashing the program. He got into a lengthy back-and-forth with LenDale White over the weekend and was asked about it on Tuesday. "Don't abandon ship," he said in a message directed at former players.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC defensive lineman Noah Jefferson is not expected to rejoin the team until November. He has been nursing a shoulder injury, but the primary reason for his delayed return is so he can focus on academics.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC coach Clay Helton was asked about statistical analysis as it pertains to when to go for it on fourth down. Here's what he said: "One, it depends on what time of the game it is. Are you up? Are you down in the football game? There's all types of decisions that have to be made. Typically, being an offensive guy, I like to be aggressive by nature and go for it on fourth down, but there are times that dictate in the ballgame that you don't. "We've gone for it, I think, four times already this year on fourth time and have been pretty successful with it. Had one in the past game vs. Utah where we had a fourth down and a long three, almost four, on our 38-yard line [Note: it was the Utah 37], but we're up three in that game with a great punter that can pin a team deep and he kicks it to the minus-seven. If you're down in that game, you're probably going for it in that situation. I think situationally, you have to make those decisions as a head coach in that. But in the normal flow of a game, once you get in that four-down territory, depending on whether you're down or up you can be aggressive."

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3dAdam Rittenberg

What in the world is going on at USC?

Clay Helton billed himself as the no-Hollywood coach, but his first year at USC has had more drama and plot twists than expected, leaving many to wonder about his future with the Trojans.

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3dMark Schlabach

USC's playoff hopes will have to wait another year

The struggles continue for Clay Helton and USC. After losing to Utah to fall to 1-3, the Trojans are one of 11 teams axed from CFP consideration by The Eliminator.

Team Stats

Passing Yards215.880th
Rushing Yards143.095th
Points For22.0108th
Points Against29.380th

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