USC Coach Clay Helton was asked Sunday where he had ranked the Trojans on the ballot he or a staff member fills out weekly for the coaches' poll. They're only 5-4 against the spread however, failing to cover wide margins over Portland State, Arizona, Oregon State and Utah.
"It's been marked on our calendars", wide receiver Darreus Rogers said. The Trojans travel to the Pacific Northwest next week to face the undefeated Washington Huskies.
Coaching: Washington - Helton has done a great job, but his team isn't the one contending for a College Football Playoff berth.
USC - This might be the Pac-12 team no one wants to play right now. With the Pac-12 suffering through a down year with usual powerhouses like OR and Stanford struggling, the undefeated Huskies don't have many more chances left on their schedule to make a statement.
But unlike in their win at Utah, this time it will be on their home campus and against a red-hot USC team that is on the precipice of the Top 25.
The game is expected to draw the largest TV audience for a USC game since the Trojans' nationally televised 52-6 loss to the Crimson Tide ion Labor Day weekend.
"Our confidence is pretty high", Rogers said.
"He's not really a freshman when you look at how many games he's played now and the things he's seen", Petersen said.
Specifically, Darnold's mobility makes it tough to defend him. "It's USC, all those type of things", he said.
"You try covering a guy for 10 seconds", Petite said, describing Darnold's ability to evade defenses. Darnold's only road test since Utah was a mostly empty Arizona Stadium last month. We've never got ahead of ourselves. We're looking to come out of there with the 'W'. "I think this is a flawless time for us to go up and play a game like that and put us on a roll". "We can't wait to play ball".
"A lot of guys played at OR a year ago and that stadium is unbelievably loud", Petite said. Jake Browning is completing 67.7% of his passes for 1895 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions for Washington. Washington was an 18-point underdog and USC coach Steve Sarkisian was sacked four days later. After Oregon State's grind-it-out loss to Stanford on Saturday in Palo Alto, the Beavers are probably left feeling more dejected and regretful, as the team let numerous game-changing opportunities slip away. The big difference is all of those schools have at least one signature victory.
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot - college football's longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show - heads west to Seattle in advance of USC at No. 5 Washington on Saturday, Nov. 12. "We don't really focus on that". However, after this week's dismantling of Cal (and the Aggies slip up against Mississippi State), Washington may have made it's case as one of the top four teams in all of college football. Up next: Saturday at UCLA (3-6, 1-5).
Christian McCaffrey - We all forgot about McCaffrey since Stanford has become an afterthought and because he had a rough stretch while banged up, but we should have.