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USC still searching for deep threat to complete offense

LOS ANGELES >> In a little more than two weeks, USC opens its season against Western Michigan. But since last spring, teams on the Trojans’ schedule started thinking about how to handle USC’s offense and quarterback Sam Darnold. An...

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