USC Prepares for Another Road Challenge...

No. 11 USC will play on the road for the fourth time in five games when they head to Seattle to take on Washington on Saturday. The Trojans (4-1) are coming off a 38-28 win over Utah, while the Huskies (3-2) suffered a 52-21 loss at No. 2 Oregon.

After a bye week and Thursday night game, No. 11 USC will get back to a normal routine this week as they prepare to head to Seattle (Wash.) to take on Washington.

Since playing on Thursday evening, Coach Lane Kiffin was able squeeze in an extra practice for the Trojans on Sunday to begin their preparations, before they resume their normal schedule on Tuesday.

"Very good opportunity for us to get ahead this week," he said after practice on Sunday. "I thought guys were excited to get back out here. I'm sure they watched a lot of college football yesterday and they're probably really excited to get back out to practice, a really spirited practice which is great to see."

No doubt Kiffin watched college football Saturday, too, as next week's opponent played in the nightcap. "I really just basically watched the late game because of obviously us playing Washington," he said.

The Huskies (3-2) fell to Oregon (6-0) 52-21, but Kiffin says he agrees with Washington Coach Steve Sarkisian's postgame comments saying that the final score is not indicative of where Sarkisian feels his program is.

"Obviously Oregon's one of the best programs in the country and Washington is not that far behind so I thought that was true," Kiffin said. "(Oregon) got some breaks early and the game just got out of hand."

Kiffin is as familiar with Washington as an opposing coach can be, after spending five years as an offensive assistant at USC with Sarkisian. Both eventually left for head coaching positions, Sarkisian to Washington and Kiffin to the Oakland Raiders.

Since Sarkisian took over in Seattle, the Huskies have beat USC two of the last three seasons.

Kiffin says he expects Washington to come out firing despite the lopsided loss in Eugene, "(It) probably just refuels them like it usually does when you lose," he said. "As you can see they're a completely different team when they play at home and when they play on the road. This is a team that is 3-0 at home this year. They play really well at home."

The Huskies already upset then-No. 8 Stanford at the end of September.

Washington is calling the Seahawks' CenturyLink Field home this season as Husky Stadium undergoes renovations. This will be the Trojans second time playing in an NFL stadium this season and a near-sellout crowd is expected.

This is the fourth time in five games the Trojans' play on the road. Kickoff Saturday is at 4pm PT, the game will be broadcast on FOX.

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