Most of the attention regarding California and its offense centers on quarterback Jared Goff and a talented corps of receivers.
But USC Coach Steve Sarkisian noted that running back Daniel Lasco is also key to an offense that averages 509 yards a game.
"He's really probably the guy that makes them as difficult as they are to defend," Sarkisian said. "Daniel just provides that versatility, that balance."
This season, Lasco, a 6-foot, 210-pound junior from Texas, has rushed for 796 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He rushed a for a career-best 188 yards and three touchdowns in 30 carries in the Golden Bears' 45-31 victory at Oregon State on Nov. 1.