USC's game against Oregon St. this week is pretty important.
Not just because winning keeps USC on track towards a 10-win season but because this is a classic trap game. After struggling for much of the season on defense USC was able to do just enough to beat Arizona, a ranked team on the road. The team has to be careful not to let the emotion of that signature win get in the way of staying focused.
As the LAT notes, Corvallis hasn't exactly been kind to USC...
Oregon's Autzen Stadium is rightfully recognized as one of college football's toughest places for a visiting team to play.
But Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore., where No. 20 USC plays Oregon State on Saturday, has been just as unkind for the Trojans in their last few visits.
USC is 1-2 in its last three games there, and even the victory was fraught with the unexpected.
We all know that USC's has losing streak in the state of Oregon for a few years now going back to 2006.
Lane Kiffin knows what is at stake and he knows the pitfalls that lay ahead of the team if they don't stay focused.
Oregon St. is coming off a bad loss to Washington St. They are also with out James Rodgers who is out with a knee injury, it may make the Beavers a little bit more one-dimensional but 'SC cannot get complacent. Oregon St. can still beat USC and playing in Corvallis is no walk in the park so they need to be on their game.
Here are a few links...
More later today...