Southern California coach Pete Carroll is preparing for Saturday's Emerald Bowl with the thought that leading rusher Joe McKnight won't be able to play.

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McKnight is in Los Angeles dealing with paperwork following an investigation into whether he improperly used an SUV registered to a local businessman.
Carroll said Tuesday he hoped McKnight's status would be resolved by Wednesday but the holiday week was making that difficult. Carroll says he is focused on the running backs who are with the team, meaning Allen Bradford and C.J. Gable could get the bulk of the work against Boston College.
The Trojans (8-4) are coming off their worst season since 2001. USC won seven consecutive Pac-10 championships and played in seven consecutive BCS games before this season.

Oddsmakers form online sports book have made the Trojans 7.5-point favorites over Boston College for the 2009 Emerald Bowl. The over/under total for the Emerald Bowl has been set at 44 points.

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Posted: 12/22/09 6:30PM ET

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