WHAT TO WATCH FOR
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.