USC looks to clinch Pac-12 South vs. Colorado
No. 15 USC (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12, CFP No. 11) at Colorado (5-5, 2-5), Saturday, 4:05 ET (Fox)
Line: USC by 13 ½.
Series record: USC leads 11-0.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
USC can clinch the Pac-12 South with a win or if Arizona and Arizona State both lose. The Trojans are 5-0 all-time at Folsom Field. Colorado needs one more win to become bowl eligible for a second straight season.
USC RB Ronald Jones II against Colorado’s defense. Jones has rushed for 410 yards over the last two games. He’s the first USC tailback to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 12 years. Even more, Jones ranks ninth on the school’s all-time rushing list with 3,151 yards. Colorado is allowing 5.1 yards per rush.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
USC: WRs Deontay Burnett and Tyler Vaughns. The talented twosome has combined for 104 catches, 1,369 yards and 12 TDs this season.
Colorado: K James Stefanou and RB Phillip Lindsay. The team’s scoring race is going down to the wire. The 30-year-old freshman Stefanou has 79 points, while Lindsay has 78. The last time Colorado had two players score more than 77 points was 2001.
FACTS & FIGURES
USC beat Colorado 21-17 at the Coliseum last season. ... The last time the Trojans played a game in the snow was Nov. 30, 1957, at Notre Dame. It was 29 degrees when USC played in Boulder, Colorado, two years ago. The high is supposed to be 51 degrees on game day. ... It will be the last time 21 Colorado seniors run out behind mascot Ralphie at Folsom Field. ... Lindsay needs 18 yards receiving to set the school mark for most by a running back. Rodney Stewart (2008-11) holds the record with 969 yards receiving. ... OL Tim Lynott Jr. suffered a torn Achilles last weekend and is out for the season. ... Buffs senior WRs Bryce Bobo, Shay Fields and Devin Ross have combined for 131 catches for 1,614 yards and 11 TDs this season. ... Colorado has a bye next week before closing out the season at Utah.
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