Having dodged a bullet in the form of an early 14-0 deficit last week on the road at Utah, the Trojans turn their attention to former coach Steve Sarkisian and his Washington Huskies.
With every game now representing the "most important game of the season," USC cannot afford to look beyond what is immediately in front of them.
This Saturday, what is squarely looking the Trojans in the eye is a team that was embarrassed last week at Oregon, a Washington team that would love nothing more than to get on the right track against the men of Troy.
In order for Lane Kiffin and his squad to avoid a season crippling loss to the Huskies, they must remain focused and play well on the road against a team filled with talent, and the backing of a rabid home crowd.
To secure a win, USC will have to do many things right.
Here are five of them.