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5 Storylines: USC vs UCLA

by Garry Paskwietz

Here are five key storylines to watch for the USC Trojans in the crosstown match-up with the Bruins on Saturday.

  1. Defensive cohesion: The biggest area the Trojans need to clean up for this game is the miscommunication and coverage errors that raised their heads too many times against Oregon. Josh Rosen and a balanced UCLA are more than capable of putting pressure on the Trojans if Justin Wilcox is unable to find the correct mix of schemes, but the Trojans have shown plenty of times in recent weeks that they have the ability (and personnel) to stop the run and get after the quarterback. How they do those two things, especially making Rosen uncomfortable in the pocket, should go a long way in determining the outcome of the game.

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Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

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