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How USC Trojans match up with Western Michigan in the 2017 season opener

How USC Trojans match up with Western Michigan in the 2017 season opener

USC (0-0) vs. Western Michigan (0-0)

Saturday, 2:15 p.m., Coliseum

TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 710

Marquee matchup

USC’s front seven vs. Western Michigan’s running game: The defensive front has the potential to be USC’s best in years. It will receive an immediate test because Western Michigan’s running game, USC coach Clay Helton said, is among the best the Trojans will see this year. It is a three-pronged attack. Jarvion Franklin, a 225-pound bruiser, rushed for 1,353 yards last season and, according to Helton, is “great between the tackles.” Jamauri Bogan “is a jitterbug” and LeVante Bellamy...

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