That will certainly happen Thursday, when they will play for a fourth consecutive January in a stadium down the street, against a team from a conference with no juice, in a game that has zero bearing on a national championship.
As witnessed Tuesday at a downtown hotel, the Trojans will be locked in a battle with their toughest opponent.
"Hey, from what I've seen, Penn State is pretty good," protested defensive end Kyle Moore.
This means the Trojans have watched the films. This means that they've surely seen how, athletically and strategically, USC is clearly better.
The writers were able to compare the players in person Tuesday, and the differences were obvious.
USC looked like Humvees. Penn State looked like jayvees.
"Did you know that Penn State was just one point from playing in the national championship game?" Moore said
I found this lovely piece a trash while perusing Rittenberg's blog on ESPN. I really hope our boys are reading these junk pieces and are getting riled up. And it was the whole article.
But the guy did mention that USC, the last time they had this attitude after the Tosu game, they lost to your fave team and mine, the mighty Beavers of Oregon State!