Top-ranked USC proved it could win big against a highly ranked opponent.
With another open date before its Pacific 10 Conference opener at 1-2 Oregon State, can the Trojans avoid a letdown?
USC Coach Pete Carroll said Sunday that he spoke to his team after its 35-3 victory over Ohio State about the need to remain focused in the aftermath.
"Every team in all sports has to deal with the effects of the event and how it weighs on you one way or another," Carroll said. "I made mention to the guys that I want us to prove we understand that's a classic thing that happens to teams.
"Some teams win big and can't rebound correctly."
Carroll added that, "I don't think there's any question it's not going to happen to us."
USC has lost only three games after an open date under Carroll. The last came at Corvallis, Ore., where Oregon State tipped away a potential two-point conversion pass a win, 33-31, in 2006.