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USC chalks up second TD

Sam Darnold connects with Ronald Jones II, who strolls into the end zone for a touchdown. The Trojans advance their lead to 14-0 in the final minutes of the first quarter.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The quarterback switch is just part of the way Clay Helton is restoring USC's offense. Sam Darnold's mobility gives Helton flexibility and what he calls against what defenses. Cal can't stop the run, which is nothing new, but Helton is exploiting it with Ronald Jones II. It's all Trojans so far and USC is looking more like a team that will challenge Washington on Nov. 12.


Trojans on board first with Rogers TD

Sam Darnold completes a 3-yard pass to Darreus Rogers for a touchdown. USC takes a 7-0 lead over Cal in the first quarter on ESPN.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Thursday Night Football may be a necessity for television but it is a nightmare for a school like USC in downtown Los Angeles.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Cal receiver Chad Hansen (ankle) will not play against USC. He leads the Pac-12 in receptions (59), receiving yards (770) and is second in touchdown receptions (8).

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's the scene at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where Cal-USC is about ready to kick off on ESPN.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Despite the fact that Cal is playing on a short week and USC is coming off a bye, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said the game falls under the agree-upon scheduling parameters. The Bears played a double-overtime game against Oregon on Friday, which gave them five days in between games. That USC is coming off a bye was not taken into account.

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Watch: California at USC

USC has won the last 12 games against Cal on the field (2005 later vacated) by an average of 17.8 points per game. The Trojans are three-TD favorites at home. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said he's monitoring stadium developments in Inglewood, Las Vegas and Oakland as possible future destinations for the Pac-12 Championship Game.

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Perez, Simmons among Gold Glove finalists

Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons and catcher Carlos Perez are finalists for the Gold Glove Award at their respective positions in the American League. Simmons won the award while with the Braves in 2013 and 2014. This year's winners will be announced Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. Gold Glove finalists

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The best addition to the Coliseum this season.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

If only life played out through an Xbox One. Donald's Rams beat Tannehill's Dolphins, 44-19. Tavon Austin scored five touchdowns, Trumaine Johnson had two interceptions, Todd Gurley averaged seven yards per carry.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Thursday Night Football in Los Angeles.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

No, Donald did not replace Case Keenum with Jared Goff at quarterback. But he did pick the throwback uniforms. "I like the colors," he said.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

USC looks to extend its winning streak to four games against Cal later tonight (7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN). The Trojans sit a game back of Colorado and Utah in the Pac-12 title race.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams DE Aaron Donald getting ready to play Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill in Madden as part of the Xbox NFL Player Charity Challenge. It's the first round of a bracket-style tournament where the winner donates $51,000 to his favorite charity (Donald has chosen Make-A-Wish). He usually picks the Packers, but he'll be the Rams today.

ESPN Stats & Info

Trojans expected to win fourth straight

After a 1-3 start, USC has won three straight. ESPN's FPI expects the Trojans to make it four with a win over Cal (10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN). Both teams are 4-3 entering the contest.

Billups agrees with Russell's comments about Kobe (1:08)
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What's wrong with Pac-12's powers?

When Stanford dropped out of the AP poll two weeks ago, it was the first time since 1999 that neither Stanford, USC nor Oregon were ranked, per the Pac-12. Ivan Maisel's notes