For a team that was growing tired of hearing questions about what was wrong with its offense, Saturday's lopsided win was the perfect tonic.
On a record-setting afternoon, the USC Trojans finally put together the kind of overall game they needed to build momentum for the stretch run.
USC might be on the West Coast, but its style has held up well, both in the trenches and on the scoreboard, against the SEC.
This week's Roundtable goes down memory lane, looking at the best victories for USC over Notre Dame.
A handful of USC players, led by senior captain Christian Tupou, head back to their native NorCal to face the Golden Bears.
Matt Barkely has done just about everything right since arriving on campus in 2009 except win enough games.