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Is USC football at a disadvantage with no bye week this season?

By in Press Enterprise on November 3, 2017

By Joey Kaufman

LOS ANGLES — On Monday evening, USC’s players took part in intrasquad dodgeball.

Following their weekly film review and meetings, they retreated to the basement level of the John McKay Center to start the schoolyard game.

“It was just a good way to get rid of a little bit of the monotony as you go into Week 10,” Coach Clay Helton said, “and the kids had a blast with it.”

Helton pointed out that Week 10, with the Trojans hosting Arizona on Saturday, marked their 10th consecutive game.

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For the first time since 1995, USC does not have a regular-season bye week. Its final game of the regular season comes against UCLA on Nov. 18, before it is off Thanksgiving weekend.

In recent weeks, Helton and his staff have similarly searched for ways to lighten the players’ demanding slate.

Before facing Arizona State, they tried to lighten the mood, playing music during their Friday walk-through, and watching old highlights of great Trojans players of the past at the team hotel before the game.

Last week, full-pads practices ended, ushering in […]    

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