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October 1, 2010 at 7:26 AM

Friday morning links — off to L.A.

Like the team, I’m off to Los Angeles this morning for a weekend that figures to determine quite a bit about where this team is headed. I’ll have more thoughts on all of that later today when I unveil “the pick.” For now, a few links. …
— For my story for today’s paper, I wrote about whether the sanctions are impacting USC on the field this season and also compared it a little bit to the situation UW faced in the early ’90s. As you can read, the general consensus is that the players are usually able to set all of that aside once the game comes.
The biggest impact of the sanctions is likely to come later, when the scholarship reductions begin to take their toll. USC is attempting to get the reductions reduced from 10 to five per year, and there is some thought that the NCAA may look kindly on all the changes USC has made in its athletic department and may soften some of the penalties upon appeal. As I also point out, as also happened with UW, there are so many other things that have changed at USC that determining what part of anything bad that happens is due to the sanctions, and how much due to changing coaches and whatever else, is pretty much impossible to really determine. What I do think we now is that USC’s motivation won’t be lagging Saturday, if for no other reason than wanting to get back at UW for what happened in Seattle last season.
— Times’ columnist Bud Withers picks USC, but by the slim margin of 31-29.
— The LA Times reports that USC QB Matt Barkley wants some redemption after throwing two interceptions in each of the last two games. Also included is a practice report. Sounds as if DE Wes Horton is still limited and that RB Allen Bradford is expected to play after sitting out on Thursday with a sore back.
— The Orange County Register reports that the USC secondary is cautious of Jake Locker, looks at which team has the edge where, and notes that the USC defense has yet to force a fumble.
— The OCR also looks at the struggles of Locker (though with a pretty faulty picture caption).
— Scott Wolf of the LA Daily News writes that USC isn’t as talented as it used to be, but that it may have more team unity.
— The LA Daily News also has this notebook and reports that Kiffin wasn’t too happy about the physicality at practice this week.
— The ESPN.com Los Angeles USC blog says the Trojans want to keep Locker from getting hot.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller answers his mail and says UW doesn’t have the lines on both sides of the ball to compete with the elite.
— The Sporting News isn’t impressed by USC so far, advising to sell if the Trojans were a stock.
Jon Wilner picks UW to cover but USC to win.
— Here’s the AP capsule preview of the game.
All for now.

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