It is excessively cliche to offer analysis which suggests that for the 2012 USC Trojans, every game is "do or die."
Except that in this case it is true.
For a team that still entertains lofty BCS goals, the Trojans know they can't afford a single stumble if they hope to play in an important bowl game once the regular season is wrapped up.
When USC trots on to the field Saturday against Arizona, they will have an chance to compete in a game that offers both opportunity and disaster.
If the Trojans can prevail in the desert, they will have beaten a team that plays an up tempo offense, much like next week's opponent, the mighty Ducks of Oregon.
As previews go, it will be as advantageous as could be hoped for in terms of preparation, but it all hinges on that all important "W."
Do I need to mention what would constitute a disaster for USC in this game? I didn't think so.
This slideshow will look at five keys to this game as the Trojans try to keep their 2012 dreams intact by beating a very good opponent in a hostile environment.
Satisfy the requirements listed within this slideshow and next week remains huge. Stumble and well...you know...