If you circled the Nov. 3 game between Oregon and USC at the L.A. Coliseum the day after the 2012 Rose Bowl, raise your hand.
Yeah, me too.
Many of you thought it would be between two undefeated teams, probably both ranked in the BCS top five. You at least thought it would be the first showdown meeting for the eventual Pac-12 Championship game. That part is still likely to be true.
But the national championship game is now out of reach for the Trojans, with their second conference loss coming Saturday in the Tucson desert. And, truth time, USC didn't do their foes to the north any favors with that loss. The Ducks need their remaining ranked opponents to keep their ratings as high as possible.
However, this Pac-12 matchup, with some of its luster gone, is still vitally important for both teams.
Here's how it shakes out.