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Conquest Chronicles Sep 17, 2014

USC Bye Week: Players Focused on Getting Better, Despite Record Heat

Another hot practice on Cromwell Field did not derail the intensity. In the midst of one of few off-weeks during the season, the Trojans went through multiple practices battling a new, but equally formidable adversary, and that monster can be named --Beat The Heat Wave in Los Angeles. Many players who were handling nagging injuries, like Leonard Williams, Randall Telfer, Damien Mama, were given a smaller workload during practice. In terms of handling the heat, which tipped the barometer as the practice continued to fire through on Cromwell Field, players recognized the value of top-class...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 16, 2014

2015 USC Football Schedule Announced

Trojans have touch early season four-pack and close with three challenging battles. The Pac-12 released the entire football schedule for next season Tuesday night, including USC's 2015 football schedule. We already knew that the Trojans would be hosting Arkansas State and Idaho and traveling to Notre Dame in the non-conference schedule, but now we know that the Trojans will host Washington (on a Thursday night....uck) and travel to Oregon. USC opens the season with four of five games at home, including what is sure to be another slobber-knocker when the Trojans face off with Stanford early...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 16, 2014
Titans Of Troy 9/16: Shattered Records

Titans Of Troy 9/16: Shattered Records

Water polo freshmen highlight a low week for USC Athletics. On September 9, USC Athletics was undefeated in head-to-head competition. The football, water polo, volleyball and soccer teams had combined for a record of 16-0-1. Needless to say, that record got shattered this weekend. In addition to the football team's loss to Boston College, the women's volleyball team lost its first two home games of the season to Texas A&M and Florida. The loss to the Aggies came in a five-set crusher, with the final set being a 16-14 loss. It ended with a Trojan spike going just out of bounds.The loss to...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 16, 2014

George Farmer Finally Gets First Touchdown

Farmer's time at USC has been plagued by injury, but he is now 100 percent healthy. It took 1,374 days from his commitment on December 11, 2010, but on Saturday night, wide receiver George Farmer finally got his long overdue first touchdown as a USC Trojan. Farmer’s career has been well documented with disappointment and injury but for a few seconds during USC’s 37-31 loss to Boston College on Saturday, all the attention on him was completely positive. With a little over six minutes left in the first quarter, Farmer found himself wide open on second-and-goal for his first career...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 15, 2014
Women's Basketball Leading Scorer Ariya Crook Dismissed From The Team

Women's Basketball Leading Scorer Ariya Crook Dismissed From The Team

USC will rebuild on the quest to regain status in the NCAA Tournament. Less than two months away from the start of the season, USC women's basketball has been dealt the loss of would-be senior point guard Ariya Crook, who was dismissed from the program for a violation of team and university policy. The Pac-12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, propelling the Women of Troy to an NCAA berth winning four games in the span of four days, will not be returning to USC's basketball program following a much-improved 22-13 campaign. "We wish Ariya the best and appreciate her contributions to our...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 15, 2014

Where Hast Thou Gone, USC Tight Ends?

Tell us when you've heard this one: The Trojans should utilize their tight ends more. Oh, sorry you weren't stopped. The numbers of their usage in USC's passing attack this season are broken down. In three games, the Steve Sarkisian-USC marriage has already presented the highest of highs (crushing Fresno State opening weekend and edging out Stanford on the road) and lowest of lows (last weekend) that no Trojan supporter wanted to experience so quickly. Saturday had shades of the 2012 Arizona game except that the team didn't screw itself over by losing within the Pac-12. But maybe it was...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 15, 2014

USC Football Bye Week Player Ranker

Which players have made the largest impact this season? Following a tough loss to the Boston College Eagles, the USC Trojans return home 2-1 on the season sitting No. 17 overall in the most recent AP Poll. While the Trojans are the top squad in the Pac-12 South, the non-conference loss does provide plenty of questions about USC's rushing attack, the run defense and overall play calling. In light of such a performance, lets evaluate the best Trojan performers through the first three weeks of the regular season. Sports & Games Lists on Ranker
Conquest Chronicles Sep 15, 2014
Class and Respect In the Stands -- Where Has it Gone?

Class and Respect In the Stands -- Where Has it Gone?

The Queen Bee was unsettled by the lack of sportsmanship from the Boston College fans. Every year the Trojan football team takes to the field in different cities around the country and the fans follow in flocks to witness what hopefully leads to triumph. Being a Trojan alumnus is more than just a status symbol. It is about a true love of our school and trying to show it in every way possible. This week the USC Trojans were in Boston. I, along with three of my Gamma Phi Beta sorority sisters, made the trek to watch our football team and take our place in the festivities. All over Boston...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 15, 2014

Beaten But Not Broken: Takes On Saturday's Loss At Boston College

USC's loss to Boston College was disappointing, but a lot of it is fixable, and USC has the potential to be much better. Here are some notable points from the game: I’ve been saying this since the start of the season, but Leonard Williams’ play against the run continues to stand out. The way Williams uses his long arms to get off blocks and the quickness at which he dominates the linemen across from him to get into the backfield is JJ Watt-like, really. Williams was one of the only bright spots in the run defense. Speaking of the run defense, Su’a Cravens can set the edge nicely at...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 14, 2014
USC Drops to No. 17 in the AP Poll

USC Drops to No. 17 in the AP Poll

The damage was manageable, so to speak. The USC Trojans lost to Boston College, and the resultant 8 spot drop in the rankings actually looks like good news. During a week in which five SEC teams landed inside the top-10 overall rankings, the five Pac-12 schools shuffled up and down the rankings following an upset loss, a near loss from UCLA and dominant ASU and Stanford victories. Led by No. 2 Oregon, followed by No. 12 UCLA, No. 15 ASU, No. 16 Stanford and then, of course, the No. 17 USC Trojans who fell out of the top-10 just one week after passing Stanford in the rankings the Pac-12 is...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 14, 2014

Steve Sarkisian Takes the Blame for the BC Loss

USC coach discusses 37-31 loss to Boston College.
Conquest Chronicles Sep 12, 2014
USC Football vs. Boston College: Thoughts and Predictions

USC Football vs. Boston College: Thoughts and Predictions

The Trojans are strictly focusing on business this weekend. The Trojans are trying to avoid what every national pundit has put on their shoulders --and opportunity for a major letdown game, following USC's 13-10 Pac-12 opening victory. Boston College will be led by a mobile transfer quarterback Tyler Murphy, who has completed just 52-percent of his passes but has rushed for 210 yards (2 TD) this season. The Eagles should be riled up about hosting ESPN's game of the week, something the Trojans, and their ever-growing media circus surrounding all-things football, have been bestowed with such...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 12, 2014

Gerald Bowman's 7-Year Journey to USC Starting Safety

Gerald Bowman is riding the high of a unique odyssey that is heading into the home stretch. The opening week of the USC football season was a trying and tumultuous week for the defensive backs. Not because of anything that happened on the field, but because of everything that happened off of it. Josh Shaw went from actual hero to suspended goat while cornerback-turned-running back Anthony Brown quit the team and called Steve Sarkisian a racist as he napalmed the USC football bridges as he walked out the door. A secondary that has once been projected to feature four players with significant...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 11, 2014
From Zero To Hero: The Saga of Andre Heidari

From Zero To Hero: The Saga of Andre Heidari

Andre Heidari kicked the game winning field goal to beat the Stanford Cardinal for the second straight year in a row. His career has been bumpy, but can he carry the momentum into the rest of this season? Senior kicker Andre Heidari has had a roller coaster of a career in Los Angeles. In 2010, Heidari was named an Under Armour All-American while playing for Stockdale High School in Bakersfield, CA. The following season he took his talents to South Central joining the Trojans as the top kicker in the country. As a true freshman, Heidari finished the season 15-for-17 on field goals (88.2%),...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 11, 2014
USC Defense Looks to Repeat Last Year's Stellar Performance Against Eagles

USC Defense Looks to Repeat Last Year's Stellar Performance Against Eagles

The Eagles playing at home could hamper the Trojans' defense. After handing the Boston College Eagles a 28-point shellacking in Los Angeles last season, the USC Trojans head to the Northeast with the hopes of having a repeat performance this season. Helped in part by the rebirth of quarterback Cody Kessler and the momentum he generated in his first start after officially winning the quarterback battle, the USC defense easily dominated the Eagles and held them to to just 184 total yards and a stingy seven points. USC overpowered the Eagles in every way imaginable. Here are some key stats...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 11, 2014

Adoree' Jackson Continues To Earn Full Workload

USC continues to give Adoree' Jackson more responsibility.
Conquest Chronicles Sep 11, 2014
Michael Hutchings Prepares for First Career Start

Michael Hutchings Prepares for First Career Start

Hutchings will fill in for suspended Hayes Pullard. USC will be without one of its captains for the first half of Saturday’s game against Boston College. Redshirt senior linebacker Hayes Pullard will be forced to sit after being ejected for targeting in the third quarter of last Saturday’s game at Stanford. In fact, while Pullard is allowed to warm up with the team before the game, he has to sit in the locker room for the duration of the first half. With Pullard out, the USC coaching staff has a couple of options at the Mike linebacker position, including moving Anthony Sarao...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 11, 2014

Anthony Sarao Looking Forward to Trip "Home"

East Coast native has to step up with Hayes Pullard suspended.
Conquest Chronicles Sep 10, 2014
Things That Could Hurt USC Against Boston College

Things That Could Hurt USC Against Boston College

Boston College's rushing attack and other potential USC troubles. Fresh off a thrilling road victory over the Stanford Cardinal, the USC Trojans will leave the state of California for the first time this season for a non-conference matchup against the Boston College Eagles. The Trojans look and feel like a much-improved team with Steve Sarkisian (or anybody not named Lane Kiffin) as their head coach, but let's not discount the fact the season is still very young. USC opened the week as a 20-point favorite, but there are a couple facets that could make this game closer than the oddsmakers...
Conquest Chronicles Sep 10, 2014

Boston College Q/A With BC Intreuption

Our SB Nation affiliate answers questions on all things Eagles. As we get closer to Saturday night's ESPN kickoff, time to discuss some of the most important parts of the Boston College Eagles, an opponent that has started 1-1, including an ACC conference opening loss to Pittsburgh last Friday night. We would like to thank BC Interruption writer AJ Black for divulging his thoughts in this Q/A session. 1. Since running back Andre Williams took the sole responsibility of carrying this offense, how will the Eagles replace his Heisman Trophy candidate productivity? There will be three names...

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