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San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL - — Rusty Sim­mons

Cal has lost 14 straight against USC, last win­ning in 2003 (34-31 in triple over­time). The Bears last won at the Coli­seum in 2000 (28-16). USC had a 19-game home win­ning streak snapped by Ari­zona State on Oct. 27.

USC head coach Clay Hel­ton said this game will be won by the big boys. He re-as­sumed play-call­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties last Sat­ur­day at Ore­gon State, and the Tro­jans pounded out more than 300 rush­ing yards on 7.8 yards per carry. Cal’s past three op­po­nents have av­er­aged 88.3 rush­ing yards per game on 3.0 yards per carry.

With all of the at­ten­tion on the run­ning game, one of the young quar­ter­backs could make a game-de­cid­ing play. USC’s JT Daniels is a true fresh­man who grad­u­ated high school a year early to try to re­place No. 3 over­all pick Sam Darnold. Cal’s Chase Gar­bers is a red­shirt fresh­man who has shown steady im­prove­ment in each of his six starts.

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