USC has had the Sun Bowl blues, as it has lost its only two trips to El Paso, falling to Michigan State in 1990 and TCU in 1998.
While USC became bowl-eligible with its win over Colorado, the Trojans are looking for more against Arizona.
What Saturday night's loss proved is that USC is no longer the bully of the Pac-12, beating opponents with size and strength. That title now belongs to Stanford.
George Farmer was a prized wide receiver recruit when he arrived at USC a year ago. Now he's hoping not to get buried in the Trojans' depth chart.
Having a four-team playoff is progress, but it's not good enough. An eight-team playoff is the best solution for college football.
Mike Garrett committed his share of sins in USC's issues with the NCAA, but it's time to stop villifying the Trojans great.
With two recent decommits, a past decommit pretty much gone and another commit visiting Cal this weekend, it's an uneasy time for USC fans.
Kyle Williams looks at the keys for USC as it tries to keep up and avoid a third straight loss to Oregon.
After losing a thriller to Stanford, USC hopes to get well at the expense of a 1-8 Colorado team.
USC didn't get the job done on the scoreboard Saturday against Stanford. But don't be surprised if the Trojans pass the Cardinal, and everyone else in the Pac-12, very soon.
USC is looking for its first road win of the season Thursday night against Cal, which has lost its first two Pac-12 games.
California has lost consecutive road games to open its Pac-12 season, but the Golden Bears are hoping that getting back home will turn the tide.
Both USC and Arizona are coming in off losses and have the capability of producing, along with giving up, big plays.
Arizona has lost three in a row and eight of nine dating to last season, but the Wildcats also have faced three top-10 teams already this season.
There are questions along the USC offensive line as two new guards drop into the mix with veterans Matt Kalil and Khaled Holmes.