Hogue Report: Arizona a tough opponent 

October, 24, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- For me, the highlight of the USC-Colorado game last weekend was only seen by those in attendance. After Matt Barkley and Robert Woods set their respective records, the video screen showed a segment where numerous big stars came on and congratulated the guys. Keyshawn Johnson, Pete Carroll, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Luc Robitaille, and my favorite -- Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer on the field at a Raiders practice -- gave their wishes to the clear surprise of Barkley and Woods. It was very cool.

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireRobert Woods' big day against Colorado earned him a USC record and a video tribute from several former Trojans and celebrities.
One comment that Palmer made in his video is worth mentioning this week. He said, “Beat Oregon, beat Notre Dame and get into that national championship game.” The crowd erupted in applause, and it was a great moment. But there are a few other teams on the schedule, and none of them will be easy, including a big game this week at Arizona.

Undeniably, the biggest game on the calendar for the Trojans since the schedule came out is next weekend, when Oregon comes to the Coliseum. And with the game being just over a week away, it’s understandable that many would be waiting in anticipation of that matchup, with Trojans fans hoping USC can upset the Ducks and propel themselves back into the national championship dialogue. And with Arizona sitting with a marginal 4-3 record, it’s easy to assume that it must be nothing but a formality, right? Well, don’t look ahead so quickly.