USC Football Remains At Home To Host Arizona State
Oct. 8, 2006
No. 3/2 USC stays at home for the second week in a row, as it hosts Arizona State. Troy has captured the last 6 meetings in this young series with ASU (the Trojans have played the Sun Devils less than any other league foe). The Trojans, victorious in 50 of their last 52 games, possess some impressive winning streaks: 29 home games, 26 Pac-10 games and 20 Pac-10 home games (all are Pac-10 records), as well as 17 consecutive October victories. Troy also has scored at least 20 points in an NCAA-record 57 straight contests. USC, which is playing one of the nation's toughest schedules, posted its second straight hard-earned 6-point victory last Saturday, this time over Washington. QB John David Booty has been consistent and effective in his first season as a starter. He could be without USC's top two receivers this week--2005 Biletnikoff Award finalist and All-American first team WR Dwayne Jarrett (shoulder), who is the Pac-10's career touchdown catch recordholder, and Trojan Top 10 WR Steve Smith (ankle)--but soph WR Patrick Turner had a big showing last week. TBs Emmanuel Moody and Chauncey Washington continue to give USC a good rotation on the ground as they run behind the likes of 2005 All-American OT Sam Baker and Rimington Award candidate C Ryan Kalil. The youthful (just 1 senior starter) USC defense, ranked in the national Top 25 in most defensive stat categories, is spearheaded by the likes of LBs Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, Keith Rivers and Dallas Sartz and DE Lawrence Jackson. PK Mario Danelo, whose field goals proved decisive last week, has been near perfect in his career, while PK Troy Van Blarcom's kickoffs have rarely been returned this season. USC head coach Pete Carroll is the nation's winningest active coach, at 85.5%. In each of his past 4 seasons, the Trojans had an AP Top 4 finish (including national championships in 2003 and 2004) and a BCS bowl appearance. While USC has a bye next week, Arizona State is rested coming off its own bye this past weekend. After beginning 2006 with 3 non-conference victories, head coach Dirk Koetter's Sun Devils opened Pac-10 play with a pair of losses. QB Rudy Carpenter, TB Ryan Torain and TE Zach Miller are some of ASU's offensive keys, while WR Terry Richardson is among the nation's top return men. LB Beau Manutai, S Josh Barrett and S Zach Catanese lead the sack-happy Sun Devil defense. There will be an Air Force jet flyover during the national anthem at the 92,000-seat Coliseum, which is sold out for an unprecedented seventh consecutive contest...and it's Troy's 12th consecutive sellout, home and away. The game will be shown live regionally on ABC-TV. The 2007 class of the USC Athletic Hall of Fame will be introduced at halftime. USC's other undefeated, highly-ranked fall sports--women's volleyball and men's water polo--also are in action at the end of the week, with Troy's magnificent new events center--the Galen Center--hosting its inaugural match when the Women of Troy volleyballers face Stanford.