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.”

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.”

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.”

Quote Of The Day

USC wide receiver Robert Woods said the Trojans’ mindset is unchanged despite last week’s loss to knock them out of the BCS title picture.

“I don’t think it’s changed,” he said. “Oregon will play like it is a championship game and we will as well. Hopefully they don’t overlook us.”