Silver Lining?

Colorado coach Jon Embree said USC is a more dangerous opponent for Oregon after losing to Arizona.

“You would rather play them after a win than a loss,” he said. “They’re going to come out fighting with a different sense of purpose.”

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More Penalty Talk

USC linebacker Dion Bailey talked today the Trojans’ penchant for penalties.

“We have a reputation of being a nasty bunch,” Bailey said. “We haven’t been smart on the field and the refs aren’t cutting us any breaks.”

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Was USC Overrated?

USC defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron was asked today if the Trojans, ranked No. 1 in the preseason, were overrated?

“Don’t know that,” he said. “Those things (like the rankings), we don’t pay attention. We go on a daily basis and look for improvement.

“We’ve played well but our biggest opponents are coming up.”

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