The Southern California Trojans spent the first two weeks of the season pulling out improbable wins, then cruised to a comparatively easy victory in their third game. Now No. 19 USC (3-0, 3-0 Pac-12) faces maybe its toughest matchup when it hosts the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans had a player test positive following last week's win at Utah in what was the first positive test for USC this season.
Stanford quarterback Davis Mills had already had as much practice by Tuesday as he did in the entire leadup to a three-point loss to Colorado. Mills managed to play effectively last Saturday despite only one 45-minute session to get ready for the Buffaloes after a coronavirus testing protocol mistake led to him being held out of the season opener at Oregon. Not that coach David Shaw has once heard his play-caller complain about what transpired.
Like any other college freshman, Brenden Rice is determined to carve his own path and make a name for himself. What makes his quest so different is he’s the son of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. No matter how many catches he makes, the Colorado receiver realizes comparisons to his dad will inevitably trail him.