A few analysts had tabbed USC’s line as among the best in the nation entering the season, but the unit did little to confirm those prognostications early on. Alabama made USC look like a Peewee team. Stanford also controlled the point of attack.

Fortunes began to turn during USC’s three-game winning streak. The Trojans have given up just one sack in that span. They have run for an average of 222 yards per game. The yards per run have increased 30%, from 4.3 to 5.6.

Helton said the linemen have generated a better initial push, which has allowed them to peel off to engage defenders down the field. The cheap NFL jerseys penetration USC saw early on has abated.

“They really are doing a wholesale NFL jerseys really nice job of controlling the line of scrimmage,” Helton said.

The group has had help. An easier schedule has provided less resistance on the defensive front. Quarterback Sam Darnold’s elusiveness can mask protection breakdowns. And Justin Davis’ surge at running back boosted the rushing totals.

But Darnold isn’t the only player avoiding losses. USC has given up just three cheap jerseys tackles for loss per game over the past three games. And Wholesale Washington Redskins jerseys Davis had been running well, but USC ran for wholesale jerseys 320 yards against Arizona when he was injured.

"We are progressing every week," Banner said.

“And we demand it of them,” Helton said. “Credit to them. They’re playing to their level right now. They’re playing to what we expect them. And it needs to continue.”

For the first time since the preseason, USC appeared on the ballots of a few Associated Press top 25 voters.

The Trojans still aren’t close to cracking the actual rankings, but they were listed among "others receiving votes." If the rankings extended far enough, USC would be No. 35.

It’s the first time USC has received any votes during the season. In the preseason ranking, USC was No. 20.

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USC will shift its bye-week practices to Cromwell Field at the Loker Track Stadium, in order to help the grass regrow at Howard Jones Field.

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