"It's really a great match up. They're an extraordinary program for all the obvious reasons. They've proven it year in and year out. Great history, great players and all that. And I think this kind of game will capture a lot of focus and attention.
"So what we have to do is play really well under those circumstances and handle it properly. And take advantage of this great opportunity to win a big time game on the road that will help us, as other games have in years past."
Carroll on running into Ohio State in recruiting:
"Around the country we do. Not so much in California at times. But we get out in the far reaches, certainly, they're everywhere around the country, and do a great job. They're very strong on the northeast, and they do a nice job down in Florida as well. So they're a big challenge to us."
Carroll on limiting distractions when playing on the road:
"We have to handle the trip well and make sure that everybody stays focused and in tune with what we are doing. Teams get screwed up and they don't pay attention to what's going on and they aren't focused, but these guys are not going to be like that, they never are. They know what we do and how we do this."
Carroll on new play-caller Jeremy Bates:
"I think he's contributed tremendously. It has been really refreshing to have a new look at really the same stuff. He's run the same offense that we have run. To have his viewpoint, his toughness and the demands that he has placed on himself and the expectations of how we should perform and execute, I think have helped us.
"I know that it's a great time for him to be here with the line that we have and the runners that we have to bring strengths of his out as well. If he went to a place where they couldn't run the football, he might not have the freedom that he has here. He loves seeing his team pound the football and everything that comes off of that."
Carroll when asked if he was concerned about how Barkley will respond to hostile environment:
"Not really. He will work real hard with his communication stuff out here, but as far playing the game I don't. It doesn't mean he is going to tear it up and all that. I don't mean that at all. I think he is such a strong individual and so comfortable with how he plays and how he plays our style of the game as well, that I think he is going to be OK.
"He is not called on to win the game himself. That is not the way we ever talk or expect. He knows that. He's got to play the game and share the ball like we want to do and if he does that he will have a big part in what goes on. But yet, likely he won't be the whole show and that is no different from Carson (Palmer) or Matt (Leinart) or any of the guys that we have had in the past."
Freshman QB Matt Barkley will make his first road start this Saturday. (Jaime Rodriguez Photo)
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