Arizona is set to face USC on Saturday and if Pete Carroll's press conference is any indication, the Trojans are not taking the Wildcats lightly.
"Arizona has been playing good football," he said. "They've had a big year. They've had at times really, really big things happen offensively. We've always struggled with these guys. They've been a very difficult scheme against us, and we know it's going to be very hard again."
In fact, it is Arizona's offense that seemingly has Carroll worried.
"They've got a really unique offense," he said. "They do some real classic stuff in the running game and their play actions and all with all kinds of basic personnel groups. Then they have a big influence of their spread offense as well. So they have a real spectrum of things that they do that's a little bit unusual in that sense. They have a wide open throwing game as they spread it out in their four receiver looks. Then they play hardball typical fashion in their other style."
Arizona will have its work cut out for it if the Wildcats are going to win on the road at USC's Senior Day.
"Our kids are pumped up," Carroll said. "They're pretty healthy. We are looking forward to this last go round. We are dedicating the efforts to our seniors and the guys that will be heading on that have had such enormous impact in our program. We turn our focus and dedication to those guys and have fun with them all during the week and on game day and all of that."
This will be the first time in a while that the Trojans are not finishing with UCLA, which brings up the question of motivation.
"I think it's unusual for us," Carroll said. "It feels unusual. That is a normal finishing point of the season when you play your cross town rival. But it's not like we got surprised by this. We've known all along that this was happening and all. So I don't think it's going to be any problem. We're looking forward to another game."
USC has been preparing all week for the Wildcats and expect a tough game on Saturday.
"We have a big preparation in store here to get ready for this thing," Carroll said. "They've scored a lot of points this year and done a lot of good stuff with their offense.
USC ready for UA offense
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