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USC game carries more significance for 33 Southern Californians on Washington State roster

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 7:34 p.m.

The Cougars’ Pac-12 opener is meaningful because it’s the first of nine games that counts toward conference standings. But, similar to how the Apple Cup excites just about every Washingtonian on the Cougar roster, the USC game bears that much more importance for 33 players who hail from Los Angeles, San Diego or a close-by suburb of those two.

Washington State outscoring opponents 52-0, outgaining them 462-92 in 4th quarter

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

If football games ended after three quarters, Washington State’s record would be no different than it is now. The Cougars have played well enough through the first, second and third quarter this season to dispatch Wyoming, San Jose State and Eastern Washington. But the fourth is why all three have been so lopsided.

First look: Washington State at USC

UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Washington State (3-0) looks to stay unbeaten when it opens up Pac-12 Conference play against USC (1-2).