With the college football season passing the one-third mark, teams should finally be finding their identities and working on crafting what they hope will be a successful conclusion to this year's campaign.
For the USC Trojans and the Huskies of Washington, what should be is only partially what is.
That is because both of these teams are still searching for who they are in 2012.
Is USC that preseason No.1 team finally arriving on the cusp of greatness so many predicted for them when the season started?
How about Washington? Which team are the Huskies? The one that propelled themselves into the Top 25 with a nice win over Stanford, or that mistake-prone team that got steamrolled by Oregon last week?
For one of these teams, the road gets demonstrably more difficult after this Saturday, as Washington tries to get back on the winning track while the Trojans attempt to find the consistency that will lead to a BCS bowl bid.
This preview will look at both teams and offer a prediction as to which team will emerge with some momentum going forward—and for which team the hurdles to that BCS berth become just this side of unmanageable.