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Golden Nuggets: Cal-USC Predictions

Cal's last two trips to the Coliseum have featured great defensive efforts limited by a middling offense.  Will this year be any different?

Ted Miller, our eternal optimist, predicts a Cal victory.

California 28, USC 24: The Trojans struggling defense is banged up, and the Bears have enough D to hold Matt Barkley and company in check. 

Phil Steele thinks the Bears will turn it around this year against the Trojans, as he predicts Cal over USC as his upset of the week.

Last week Cal held a UCLA run game that was avg 321 ypg rush (5.9) to just 26 yds (1.0) while USC fell victim to a game-winning FG on the last play for a 2nd consecutive week in the loss to Stanford even though they had the yardage (499-484) and TO (3-1) edge. While the Trojans have dominated the Golden Bears the L/2 years by a combined 47-6 score USC HC Kiffin may have a difficult time keeping his units focused as his "Us Against the World" mantra is harder to preach after an upset loss to UW and an emotionally draining loss to Stanford. Cal makes it 3 straight losses for the Trojans.

Four out of five writers for CBS predict a USC win.

Three of four writers for Rivals (and 83% of their readers) predict a USC victory.

After the jump Max Zhang and the Chinese national team brawl with the Brazillian team, USC's depth continues to be an issue on defense, Riley hopes to exploit a vulnerable USC secondary, and David Esquer raises money to keep baseball from being cut.