With all the attention paid this week to the last minute against UCLA, Senior Day and players and coaches who might also make their last Coliseum appearances Saturday, it's easy to forget there is a game to be played this week.
While Thomas is playing in his final home game this week, he hasn't yet contemplated the end of his college career.
"I haven't really started reminiscing yet. I'll probably have to do that after the bowl game. I don't see this next game as the end. It will be special. I haven't really thought about as emotional or anything like that, just focusing on the game.
"As a unit, I don't think we've overlooked them at all. It might be easy for the media (and everyone), but we're focused," he said.
What stands out to the USC defense is the tempo with which Foles distributes the ball.
"They feature so much four-wide in their throwing game, it's half of their offense," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "Their rhythm is really fast. The whole deal has always been to get the ball out on the perimeter and threaten the edge.
"They make you make plays in space. The outside backers will be challenged, the safeties will be challenged."
The Trojans have limited the Wildcats to an average of 11.5 points and 160.5 yards passing the last two seasons, largely by limiting yards after the catch with sound tackling.
"We had a very good game last year when they were really hot as a pistol coming in," Carroll said.
USC's biggest concern this year is Foles' quick delivery, one of the reasons Arizona has allowed just nine sacks this season.
"When the ball is snapped, he's almost getting ready to get the throw the ball as he catches the shotgun. You've got to change up and tighten down the coverages and hope he holds the ball a little bit so the pressure gets there," defensive coordinator Rocky Seto said.
Said Thomas: "Those plays are bang-bang. When they hike the ball, he's releasing it. It's all about timing, got to be in the right place at the right time."
"Certainly, it's all you guys will talk about," Carroll said. "It'll be a big challenge and the competition will be wide open. The bowl preparation has a lot to do with those guys development to show where they will fit in."
One bright spot is corner Shareece Wright, who was academically ineligible this year. Despite appearing in 26 career games, Carroll said Wright would likely return for his senior season.
"I anticipate that he is and I think he will," Carroll said. "He sounds like he wants to come back."
-Running back Joe McKnight (thigh bruise) practiced in full and is expected to start. "He's ready to go," Carroll said. "We're in pretty good health for this time of year."
-The USC coaching staff will go out recruiting next week.
-Pinkard and offensive linemen Jeff Byers are the only two remaining players on the roster to win national championships at USC, but Carroll said that is not how he would remember them.
"I wouldn't even think about it that way," he said. "The significance is those guys are finally moving on. Those guys have been around for a long time. It's hard to imagine those guys not being here. They've almost been here as long as I have.
"They've been great Trojans. When I think of this class, I can't help but think of those two guys. They have been through so much and done so much for us."
Josh Pinkard will make his last start at the Coliseum on Saturday. (Paul Pinner Photo)