USC's offensive stars in their part in a 38-17 win over Arizona State, but it was the surprisingly dominate play of the defense that really shined.
After coming up short against Oregon on Saturday, USC can only hope to see Oregon again in the Pac-12 title game.
Coming off a bitterly disappointing loss to Arizona, the Trojans find themselves searching for answers as it tries to close out the season on a positive.
With USC's offense coming off a season-best performance and Arizona taking to Rich Rodriguez's spread attack, Saturday's matchup could produce big point totals.
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.
The Trojans conclude a stretch of four our of five on the road with Saturday's game at Washington.
Since Matt Barkley announced that he was returning for his senior season, expectations for USC in 2012 have been through the roof. Now it's time to deliver.
USC is back to postseason eligiblity and is ready to compete for titles, something the rest of the Pac-12 is well aware of.
USC Trojans junior safety Nickell Robey, entering his third year as a starter, is fulfilling the role of veteran leader that he long sought.
Two years ago, the NCAA dropped what many thought was the kill shot to USC's program. But the Trojans haven't only survived thus far, but they have thrived in the aftermath.
A look at some of the USC Trojans' injuries and a status report for the players involved.
Center Khaled Holmes has stepped up to be the leader of USC's offensive line, a unit expected to be among the elite in the country.
Robert Woods posted one of the greatest seasons of any wide receiver in USC history. Given USC's history at that position, that speaks volumes.
Lane Kiffin validated his immense potential this year, showing more of a caring and human side to boot.
By beating UCLA 50-0 with nothing at stake but pride, USC sent a message to their fans and the rest of the Pac-12 that Troy has not fallen.