It's no secret that Williams is a nightmare for opposing offenses ... just ask Kevin Hogan and Stanford. After earning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors following his performance vs. the Cardinal -- all the while nursing an ankle injury -- Williams will be turned loose against the 1-1 Eagles.
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Intangible: Dealing with 2-0
After slipping by two-time Pac-12 champion Stanford a week ago, the Trojans are 2-0 and feeling good about their place in the college football landscape. While USC is clearly more talented than Boston College, the Trojans can't afford to look past the Eagles to more looming matchups, including Oregon State and Arizona State at the Coliseum after next week's bye.
Across the field: QB Tyler Murphy
The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Murphy, a Florida transfer, has passed for 307 yards and two touchdowns and run for 210 yards and a pair of scores so far this season. While the athletic Murphy doesn't have the pocket presence of Stanford's Kevin Hogan, he certainly is skilled enough to challenge the USC secondary.
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Prediction: USC 48, BC 17
Boston College is playing at home, and that should be good enough for an early TD and the momentum. However, the Trojans, while lacking depth because of scholarship restrictions, have the speed and power to overwhelm the less-talented Eagles en route to a 3-0 start to the 2014 season.