The Wildcats are coming off a dominating win over Washington, who USC beat by just 10 points. Their quarterback, Matt Scott, has dual-threat ability and talented receivers to throw to. At running back, Ka'Deem Carey is coming into his own and proving why he has big-time ability even as a sophomore.
And the game is being played in Tuscon, where Wildcat fans are sure to be loud and rowdy in hopes that their team will knock off the mighty Trojans.
Meanwhile, USC is coming off a thumping of their own against a terrible Colorado Buffaloes team. But this season, they've been relatively unimpressive by their lofty standards. They've won several ugly games against mediocre Cal, Utah and Washington teams. And, of course, they lost to Stanford early in September.
We'll find out exactly what the 2012 Trojans are made of when Oregon comes to town on Nov. 3, but if they aren't careful, they'll be going into that game with two losses to their name.
Despite all indications that Tuscon will be rude to the Trojans on Saturday, here are four reasons why I expect USC to roll right on ahead toward their showdown with the Ducks.