With the anticipation and media hype building daily, it is hard to imagine that Saturday's matchup between Ohio State and USC is just another game on the schedule. But that is exactly what Pete Carroll wants his USC team to believe.
"It's exciting, you can feel the buzz about it," Carroll admitted. "The players are pumped about it and everybody is working hard to do their part."
All teams claim to take it one game at a time but the Trojans are a rare group that really seems to buy into that philosophy, which was on display in their season-opening 52-7 blowout of Virginia.
"We have a way of looking at it that we don't change what we are doing," Carroll said when asked about the Trojans preparation for Saturday's game. "We don't prepare any differently. We don't ask them to do anything different no matter who we are playing."
While the Trojans haven't altered the way they prepare this week they have had extra time to rest and focus on Ohio State because of the bye week.
"We got to practice really hard," Carroll said when asked about the benefits of having the bye week. "We got to workout young guys and we got to rest really well. Everything has worked out really well for us."
"I think we have taken full advantage of it and we are better because of it. We have improved through this time."
News and Notes
Linebacker Brian Cushing returned to practice today after leaving practice on Tuesday with what was thought to be a hip pointer.
Wide receiver Vidal Hazelton was in pads and participated in the majority of practice.
"He looked good today and was able to get through the work." Carroll said.
Safety Will Harris sprained his ankle in practice today.
The media was out in full force at practice on Wednesday. Kirk Herbstriet, Brent Musberger and Rick Reilly were all spotted on the sidelines.
Cornerback Shareece Wright had an interception against the scout team offense.