USC Vs. Cal TV Schedule, Spread, Game Time And More

Neither Cal nor USC are living up to past performances, mainly because of their struggling defenses.

This year's USC-Cal matchup lacks some of the big-time implications of recent years, but it should still be interesting. A big part of both teams' struggles has been somewhat lackluster defenses. The Trojans are coming off a game in which they allowed 41 points, albeit during a victory over Arizona, and are allowing an uncharacteristic 26.4 points per contest. The Bears are allowing 28 points per game and just had 43 hung on them by Oregon.

For USC, part of the problem seems to be at linebacker, at least according Conquest Chronicles:

Chris Galippo has not lived up to his billing. It isn't all his fault though, injuries have plagued Galippo almost from the time he got to USC.

The situation isn't any better at Cal, where they just lost cornerback Marc Anthony. California Golden Blogs has a feeling it's only going to get harder:

2) Losing Anthony could also be an issue with our perimeter run defense. He was our best run-support corner. Williams and McClure have trouble consistently shedding blocks. Lack of elite safety play + young OLBs = lots of vulnerability on the edges.

Game date, time: 9 pm ET, Thursday, Oct. 13

Location: AT&T Park, San Francisco

TV channel: ESPN

Spread: USC favored by 3

Series history: USC leads 62-29-5

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles and Cal blog California Golden Blogs. Here’s this week’s college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.