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Can CU Buffs kick USC Trojans while they’re down?

The protection? Worn out. The managing sport? Inconsistent. The passing sport? Mercurial. The admirers? Disillusioned.

Here’s the kicker: We’re not chatting about CU.

Since individuals traits could also be used to the present point out of the USC Trojans, who limp into Folsom Area this weekend with a 2-2 history and off a forty five-27 beatdown at dwelling to Oregon Point out.

It was the Adult men of Troy’s 1st loss in Los Angeles considering that 1960 to the mighty Beavers (3-1), who jumped up to No. 5 in the most current installment of The Denver Post’s Greatest of the West University Football Prime twenty five, which was posted Monday to denverpost.com.

So: Can the Buffs (1-3, -1 Pac-twelve) determine out a way to kick USC although it’s down?

The Trojans have hardly ever shed to CU, a mark of fourteen- that dates again to 1927. USC is nine- against the Buffs considering that the latter joined the Pac-twelve, but three of the past five conferences have been resolved by 4 points or much less, which includes a occur-from-guiding 35-31 Trojans victory for the duration of the program’s past visit to Boulder in October 2019.

If there is hope for the Buffs to end their Trojans hex, it’s on two fronts. Initially, USC’s run protection, which ranks ninth in the Pac-twelve (157.5 opponent hurry yards authorized for every sport) and is making it possible for foes to typical 4.eighty five yards for every carry. Next, the Trojans’ turnover margin (-.3), which ranks eighth in the league thanks to six interceptions thrown and three fumbles shed by means of 4 tilts.

USC hasn’t shed again-to-again Pac-twelve games considering that November 2018. If CU has any gasoline left in the tank following dispiriting losses to Minnesota at dwelling (30-) and Arizona Point out on the highway (35-thirteen), a takedown of the Trojans could modify the subject matter — and the temper — in Boulder for the much better.

The Denver Write-up Greatest of the West University Football poll each individual Monday ranks the leading twenty five FBS courses from the Entrance Range to the Pacific Ocean, as culled from the Pac-twelve, the Mountain West and BYU.

Write-up columnist Sean Keeler (@SeanKeeler), Write-up deputy sports activities editor Matt Schubert (@MattDSchubert) and Write-up reporter Kyle Fredrickson (@KyleFredrickson) vote on the leading twenty five.

The rest of the most current rankings adhere to, with in-point out squads mentioned in daring:

THE DENVER Write-up Greatest OF THE WEST Prime twenty five POLL — SEPT. 27

University Earlier Up subsequent
1. Oregon (4-)* (3) 1 at Stanford
2. BYU (4-) 2 at Utah Point out, Fri.
3. UCLA (3-1) 8 vs. Arizona Point out
4. Fresno Point out (4-1) 3 at Hawaii
5. Oregon Point out (3-1) nine vs. Washington
six. Arizona Point out (3-1) eleven at UCLA
seven. San Diego Point out (4-) seven BYE
8. Boise Point out (2-2) twelve vs. Nevada
nine. Wyoming (4-) ten BYE
▲10. Washington (2-2) sixteen at Oregon Point out
eleven. Air Power (3-1) thirteen at New Mexico
twelve. Stanford (2-2) 5 vs. Oregon
thirteen. Nevada (2-1) fourteen at Boise Point out
fourteen. Utah Point out (3-1) six vs. BYU, Fri.
fifteen. Utah (2-2) seventeen BYE
▼16. USC (2-2) 4 at Colorado
seventeen. San Jose Point out (2-2) fifteen vs. New Mexico Point out
eighteen. California (1-3) 19 vs. Washington Point out
19. Hawaii (2-3) 22 vs. Fresno Point out
20. Colorado Point out (1-3) 20 BYE
21. Colorado (1-3) eighteen vs. USC
22. Washington Point out (1-3) 21 at California
23. New Mexico (2-2) 23 vs. Air Power
24. Arizona (-4) 24 BYE
twenty five. UNLV (-4) twenty five at UT-San Antonio

*Initially-put votes in parenthesis

▲= Most significant climb of the week
▼= Most significant drop of the week
The subsequent Greatest of the West poll will publish Monday, Oct. 4.