No news out of UW on Friday, so we can turn our attention to this evening and the USC game.
NO. 1 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (3-0, 1-0)
AT WASHINGTON (2-2, 0-1)
Kickoff: 5 p.m., Husky Stadium
Television: ABC. Radio: 950-AM.
The series: USC leads 47-26-4 overall and 17-16-4 in Husky Stadium. The Trojans have won the last five meetings.
What to watch: Even if it hurts, Huskies fans have the rare opportunity to see what may be one of the best college teams, now or ever. Former O’Dea star Taylor Mays in the SC secondary offers an interesting game-within-the-game match with former Ferndale star quarterback Jake Locker for UW. Despite the apparent talent disparity, the Huskies found a way to take the Trojans down to the final whistle last season, and that has provided a rallying cry this week. Huskies opened up the deep-passing game last week at UCLA, and they might try again, although SC’s cover-two defense, pass rush and all-round speed make it difficult. The Huskies will wear replica uniforms of the 1960 Helms Foundation national championship team, which will be honored at halftime.
What’s at stake: Every game is must-win for USC’s national championship ambitions, and perhaps even for its Pacific-10 Conference title hopes. The Trojans have won 13 straight September games. Washington wants to avoid an 0-2 start in the conference, a third straight loss overall, and falling below .500 going into its bye week.