Matt Barkley and T.J. McDonald could have left after last season and no one would have blamed them. But the Trojans duo want to end things as champions.
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.
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.
Oregon's style and pace makes it necessary for every available USC defender to have a positive impact on Saturday.
Vontaze Burfict and USC renew pleasantries, Devon Kennard heads back home, while Marcus Martin, Shane Horton get set to fill in.