Friday, November 11, 2011

UW-USC --- Just the Facts - Seattle Times
Here's the expanded version of the Scouting Report that will run in our Saturday paper that includes the nuts and bolts on the game:
Washington (6-3, 4-2) at USC (7-2, 4-2)

The line: Trojans by 12.

The setup: The Huskies have one more chance to get a marquee win in the regular season against a ranked team and do so against a USC squad against which it has pulled off big upsets the last two seasons... The game also marks another homecoming for UW coach Steve Sarkisian, an assistant at USC for seven years before taking over at Washington.

What to Expect: The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-60s and rain, and that might slow down two offenses that have high-flying passing attacks. If the offenses can overcome the elements, however, this is another UW game that has all the earmarks of being a shootout...

...Notes:... This will be UWs last trip to USC until at least 2015, however, as the Trojans will come to Seattle next season and then the two teams won't play in 2013 and 2014. ... USC leads the overall series 49-28-4 and 29-11 in the LA Coliseum. However, UW is 9-9-1 in the last 19 meetings overall. ... Leading the announcing team is Gus Johnson, best-known among UW fans for his enthusiastic call of Isaiah Thomas' buzzer-beater against Arizona in the Pac-10 basketball tournament last March. ... UW has a chance to win seven regular-season games for the first time since 2002. ...

Key matchup: UW's defensive front seven vs. USC's offensive line...

...Upset brewing?: The Huskies have beaten USC as a double-digit underdog each of the past two seasons, so no reason they can't do it again, right? If nothing else, UW should go into the game with confidence, and if Chris Polk can have a big game and Price reverts to form anything is possible, as the Huskies have proven the last two years.

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