No. 1 USC Football Travels To No. 14 Nebraska
Sept. 9, 2007
Top-ranked USC makes its first visit to Lincoln since 1969 (and just its second ever trip there) to take on No. 14 Nebraska. The Trojans will be the first No. 1 team to visit Lincoln since 1978 (when NU upset Oklahoma) and Memorial Stadium will be sold out for an NCAA-record 283rd consecutive game. USC head coach Pete Carroll, the nation's winningest active coach, is hoping his 56th birthday on Saturday will be a good one. It's just the fourth matchup between these traditional football powers, who between them have won 16 national championships, appeared in 89 bowl games and produced 10 Heisman Trophy winners. The Trojans beat the Cornhuskers by 18 points last year in Los Angeles. USC has been hot recently, with 5 consecutive AP Top 4 finishes, BCS bowl trips, Pac-10 titles and 11-win seasons. Troy has been in the AP Top 10 for its last 57 games. The Trojans are coming off a bye after a pedestrian opening win at home over Idaho. USC QB John David Booty is among the Heisman Trophy favorites. The Trojans' offense features a slew of good tailbacks, a fairly young receiving corps and a line that is anchored by 2-time All-American OT Sam Baker. USC's talented and deep defense features All-American DT Sedrick Ellis and DE Lawrence Jackson on the line, the nation's premier linebacking corps in Keith Rivers, Rey Maualuga and Brian Cushing and a secondary featuring S Taylor Mays, CB Terrell Thomas, S Kevin Ellison and S-CB Josh Pinkard. Nebraska has gotten off to an impressive start in 2007, with wins over Nevada at home and Wake Forest on the road. Like Carroll, Cornhusker head coach Bill Callahan has NFL roots. USC is well familiar with spirited Nebraska QB Sam Keller, who threw for nearly 350 yards against Troy while at Arizona State in 2005. IB Marlon Lucky, a Southern California native, has starred at tailback. LBs Bo Ruud and Corey McKeon spearhead the defense. The game will be shown live nationally on ABC-TV.