LOS ANGELES (AP) — Washington takes on USC in Los Angeles Thursday night, where a weekday game at the Coliseum is a rarity.

Unlike UCLA coach Jim Mora, who has bemoaned the academic effects of Thursday games, Steve Sarkisian doesn't mind, even though some Trojans will be taking midterms on game day.

As usual, Washington's starting lineup is dotted with players recruited out of the Los Angeles area — much of it by Sarkisian's staff, which worked heavily in the talent-rich Southland.

Three starting offensive linemen are from the area, as are starting tailback Dwayne Washington and starting receivers Jaydon Mickens and Dante Pettis. At least five defensive starters are from Southern California as well.

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