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Conquest Chronicles 14 hours ago

What to Watch: Week 10 College Football TV Schedule

Other than USC/Washington State, here's what you should be checking out this weekend. Don't miss a thing in college football this weekend. With the Trojans out of town once again, you should be glued to your TV set all day unless the Trojans lose and you don't want to ever watch a football game again. Here's the best games to catch on Thursday, Friday and each of the main Saturday time slots: Thursday night: Florida State at Louisville Bobby Petrino can dial up some elaborate play calls that could potentially confuse and slow the over-aggressive and uber-athletic Florida State defense. The...
Conquest Chronicles 19 hours ago

Is Defensive Line Depth a Concern Against Washington State?

Both Leonard Williams and Antwaun Woods have missed practice this week. Should USC fans be worried about the defensive line depth this Saturday when the Trojans travel to Pullman, Washington to take on the Washington State Cougars? The Trojans were already without rush end J.R. Tavai, who will miss a significant portion of time with a knee injury. Then USC head coach Steve Sarkisian announced after Thursday's practice that starting nose tackle Antwaun Woods was still out. Woods was missing from practice Tuesday and did not participate on Wednesday. "What he had was an ear infection,"...
Conquest Chronicles 20 hours ago
Soma Vainuku and Ajene Harris Out for Washington State Game

Soma Vainuku and Ajene Harris Out for Washington State Game

Hamstring injuries continue to hamper Trojans. The USC Trojans will travel to Washington State with a couple of banged up players being unavailable. The Trojans will still be without their junior fullback Soma Vainuku, who will miss his third straight game with a pulled hamstring. USC will also miss true freshman Ajene Harris. Harris still is struggling with a hamstring injury as well. Without Vainuku, it will again be Jahleel Pinner taking the reps at fullback. Pinner has two carries for six yards this season (both carries coming in the Fresno State game). He also has one reception for...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 29, 2014

The Lion of USC's Defense, Big No. 94 Leonard Williams

Ever wonder why Leonard Williams is so dominant week-in and week-out?  The secret sauce to his success, besides an outstanding frame, great coaching and tremendous motor is the "Inner Lion" that spreads between his powerful arms. When Williams first arrived on USC's campus back in 2012, touting himself a talented five-star prospect from Florida, he was best known for a somewhat immature persona on the field and a shy, unassuming personality in the locker room. That has all changed, and big No. 94 is now always in the middle of friendly conversation. The new helmets add a little extra...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 29, 2014

USC Offensive Line Shuffle: Lobendahn Taking Over at LT; LG Open

USC O-Line shuffles following season-ending injury. USC suffered one of its biggest losses of the season at Utah and this isn't a reference to the final score. The Trojans also lost Chad Wheeler for the season. Wheeler, the team's starting left tackle, is done for the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on the second play of the game. After playing injured for 7-8 snaps, Wheeler left the game and was replaced by senior Aundrey Walker. Walker limited Utah stud pass rush specialist Nate Orchard to zero sacks until the final play of the game when a gang of Utah defenders...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 29, 2014
Adoree' Jackson & JuJu Smith February Decisions Make Huge Impact on 2014 Season

Adoree' Jackson & JuJu Smith February Decisions Make Huge Impact on 2014 Season

Pair of true freshmen didn't make their college decisions until National Signing Day. Two of the top performers for USC in their defeat at Utah were true freshman Adoree' Jackson and John "JuJu" Smith. Smith had a touchdown grab in the first quarter while Jackson ran a kickoff back for a touchdown in the second quarter, accounting for two of the team's three scores. There is no doubt that both have made an immediate impact since arriving on campus; an impact that almost didn’t happen with two televised decisions that were two hours apart. National Signing Day has become a national event...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 29, 2014

Hayes Pullard Named Butkus Award Semifinalist

Pullard leads the team with 59 tackles through eight games. Hayes Pullard, who has been the unspoken leader of the USC defense this season, was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award on Monday. The Butkus Award is given annually to the top collegiate linebacker. Pullard is a four-year starter for the Trojans and was named as a captain for the second year in a row during Fall Camp. Pullard leads the team with 59 tackles and also has 2.5 tackles for a loss this season. Leading the team in tackles is nothing new for Pullard. He led the team with 94 last year and his 81 as a...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 29, 2014

USC vs. Washington State 2014 Game Week Stream

Breaking down all the news and notes around the USC Trojans/Washington State Cougars' 2014 matchup. The Trojans (5-3, 4-2) look to bounce back from a last second loss at Utah, but they'll have to do it on the road at Washington State -- always a tough place to play because of its location in the middle of nowhere. The Cougars (2-6, 1-4) are trying to get over the hump after dropping a number of close games. Last season the USC Trojans laid an egg in the worst of ways, dropping a 10-7 decision to the Washington State Cougars. This time around, new head coach Steve Sarkisian wants to focus on...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 29, 2014

First College Football Playoff Rankings Released; USC Misses Cut

Three SEC West teams and Florida State are in top four. The USC Trojans' 4-3 record with a pair of losses in the final 10 seconds weren't enough to push them into the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25 ranking. But the Trojans weren't the only ones to get shut out. The Pac-12 as a conference got shut out of the four playoff spots. Instead, Oregon is ranked No. 5 behind three SEC West teams and Florida State. The SEC West will eventually shake out since Mississippi State still has to travel to play Ole Miss for the Egg Bowl and Auburn/Ole Miss battle this weekend. Meaning,...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 28, 2014

Former USC Basketball Assistant Gib Arnold Fired Amid NCAA Investigation

Arnold was an assistant under Tim Floyd at USC. Men's basketball coach Gib Arnold has been fired by Hawaii, according to the Honalulu Star-Advertiser. The news comes after the Honalulu Star-Advertiser reported last week that the Hawaii basketball program could self-sanction itself following being under NCAA investigation for several months. Assistant coach Brandyn Akana has also been fired. Arnold is no stranger to NCAA investigations after being an assistant coach under Tim Floyd at USC before taking the Hawaii head coach position. "These painful but critical steps are being taken in an...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 28, 2014

Pac-12 Conference Passes Student-Athlete Reforms

More money and power being passed around for student-athletes' needs. On Monday morning, a group of chancellors and presidents from the Pac-12 member universities passed reforms aimed at assisting the student-athletes in the Pac-12. The school representatives voted to pass five main reforms that followed what they had outlined previously in May. "This fulfills a promise we made when we announced our agenda for reform earlier this year," said chairman of the Conference’s CEO Group, Dr. Elson S. Floyd, who is president of Washington State University. "These reforms assure better support for...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 28, 2014

Scouting The Washington State Cougars

USC can not afford to lay an egg like they shamefully did last season. Last season the USC Trojans laid an egg in the worst of ways, dropping a 10-7 decision to the Washington State Cougars. This time around, new head coach Steve Sarkisian wants to focus on finishing football games by putting away an undermanned and less talented WSU football team, who were walloped by Arizona last week. The Trojans were solid for most of last season's matchup, but a pick-six by Damante Horton near the end of the first half gave the Cougars life. That horrendous game on offense, resulting in just 54 total...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 28, 2014

USC Off the Board for National Championship Odds; Buck Allen Out Too

Vegas has thrown in the towel. Following USC's 24-21 loss at Utah on Saturday, Vegas no longer thinks the Trojans can win the college football national championship. USC's odds to win the national championship were taken off the board after having steadily remained at 75/1 for the last two weeks. Oregon saw its odds continue to rise, increasing from 15/2 to 7/1 after defeating Cal, 59-41 on Friday. UCLA held steady at 75/1 after being taken to overtime by lowly Colorado. Pac-12 South frontrunners, the Arizona State Sun Devils saw their odds grow from 100/1 to 75/1 after a win on the road...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 27, 2014

Adoree' Jackson Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

True freshman returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Adoree' Jackson earned his first career Pac-12 Player of the Week award when he was named the conference's Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. The USC Trojans fell 24-21 at Utah, but Jackson can't be blamed for the three-point loss. He did a little bit of everything on the defensive side of the ball, including stripping a Utah receiver at the 1-yard line and recovering the fumble himself. But it was the true freshman's kickoff return skills that earned him the conference's weekly honor. Catching the ball about six yards deep in the...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 27, 2014

RB Dominic Davis Flips from Washington State to USC

Three-star Los Angeles running back changes his commitment. Bishop Alemany HS running back Dominic Davis told 247sports two weeks ago that he wanted to be a Trojan even though he had already given his verbal commitment to Washington State. The USC coaching staff told him to hold that thought, according to Scott Schrader, but Sunday night Davis made it known that he plans to attend to USC, committing while visiting USC with his mother, according to Scout's Greg Biggins: Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany ATH Dominic Davis, former #WashingtonState commit has flipped his commitment to #USC...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 27, 2014
USC Outside Linebacker J.R. Tavai Out

USC Outside Linebacker J.R. Tavai Out "A Few Weeks"

The USC Trojans have been beat up the last couple of games. Not only did USC lose left tackle Chad Wheeler for the season last night, the Trojans also lost starting outside linebacker/rush end J.R. Tavai for an extended period. In his weekly Sunday night media phone call, head coach Steve Sarkisian said that Tavai would be out "a few weeks." Sarkisian did not explain what Tavai's injury exactly was, but it is not likely Tavai will be back any time soon. We won't speculate on what the injury actually is, but this seems like a pretty logical thought process from Reign of Troy: Not exactly a...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 26, 2014

OL Chad Wheeler Out for the Season With Torn ACL

The Trojans will have to turn to senior Aundrey Walker at left tackle. The USC Trojans did not only lose a heartbreaker at Utah. They also lost quarterback Cody Kessler's blindside protector. Redshirt sophomore left tackle Chad Wheeler went down early in the ball game and had to be carted away from the field. Head coach Steve Sarkisian revealed in his weekly Sunday night media phone call that Wheeler tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and will be out for the remainder of the season. According to Sarkisian, Chad Wheeler tore his ACL on the third play of the game, but continued...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 26, 2014
USC Drops From The AP Rankings In Crowded Pac-12 South Standings

USC Drops From The AP Rankings In Crowded Pac-12 South Standings

The Trojans' could regain their top-25 ranking with back-to-back wins. Another missed opportunity for the USC Trojans, and now the three-loss program sits outside the AP Top-25 rankings in the final week of the poll where it actually matters until late January. Pat Haden and the 13-person playoff selection committee will have to evaluate everything from strength to schedule to quality of victory (or loss) and how a team is playing at that current moment in the season before Tuesday night's inaugural poll. In the meantime, we can evaluate the rankings currently at our disposal which are...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 26, 2014

Top Five Reasons USC Lost To Utah In The Closing Seconds

Another game that could've gone either way, and USC leaves Salt Lake City wondering what if they could just seal the deal on offense? The USC Trojans played right on par for late-night conference games, falling 24-21 in a frustrating, annoying, mind-blowing loss that perfectly captures the highs and lows of this football team. What went wrong you ask? Well a lot of little things, here are some of the biggest concerns from a top-25 loss on the road. DIDN'T CLOSE IT OUT Head coach Steve Sarkisian had an opportunity to win the football game and the play calling was just not there. I'm not one...
Conquest Chronicles Oct 26, 2014

How Does Twitter Feel About USC's Third Loss

Nothing new for USC, the late-game execution was not good enough. Feelings are hot right now, especially after USC's third loss of the season, and maybe these social media reactions to Saturday night's loss to Utah can capture the mood around the football program. It was a late night in Salt Lake City and the Trojans' late-game execution, or lack thereof in some cases, took center stage on Twitter. Feel free to share your thoughts on the game in the comment section. No Longer watching college football .. Lol I can't the the heart break — Marcus Martin (@TheRealDoubleMs) October 26,...