USC Trojans try to stay grounded

Lane Kiffin wants to establish a power running game to keep the defense rested

Updated: September 17, 2010, 4:19 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- USC has a little problem heading into Game 3 at Minnesota Saturday. It might become a big problem, one that could turn into a sinkhole, pulling everything they've worked for into the muck.

The defense is thin -- not fashionably thin, but scary thin.

The Trojans coaches have so little faith in their defensive backups that they have barely substituted through two games, turning the fourth quarter into into a Himalayan trek, without oxygen, for some of the hard-worked ...

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