Five storylines: USC at Washington 

October, 11, 2012
1. Status of the Trojans offense: So far this season the USC attack has yet to put together a crisp, complete performance and you know it would like to change that this week against the Huskies. The Washington defense has shown signs of improvement this season, particularly in pass defense, but it is still capable of giving up big numbers. UW is giving up only 173 yards per game in the air (No. 13 in the nation) but is allowing 178 yards per game on the ground (No. 77) and 26 points per game (No. 61).

2. Washington O-line against USC pass rush: It’s been a mixed bag for the Huskies this season along the offensive line, as injuries have hit hard and made it difficult to keep a cohesive unit in place for veteran quarterback Keith Price. The Trojans come to town with 17 sacks (No. 7 in the nation) and they will be looking to apply pressure throughout the game. Keep an eye in the middle of the USC D-line, as true freshman Leonard Williams has earned a starting spot with his recent good play.

3. The Negrete factor: Last year USC punter Kyle Negrete changed the tone of the game on a fake punt when he rambled for a first down, ending the play with a physical finish against the Washington defender. Negrete posted a message this week to his Twitter account, “still mad at myself for not scoring last year against UW”. Negrete might not score this year, but he could still have a big impact on the field position battle of the game. He is averaging over 44 yards per punt this season while Washington ranks last in the Pac-12 in punt returns at 4.5 yards per return.