USC vs. Arizona: Keys to the Game

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Sep 21, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans players Javorious Allen (37) and Gerald Bowman (27) run onto the field before the game against the Utah State Aggies at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After another humiliating loss, USC AD Pat Haden had seen enough of the Kiffin era and pulled the trigger on terminating the remainder of his contract. Enter Coach Ed Orgeron and delicious pastries. USC will now take on the Arizona Wildcats in the first-ever Thursday night game in the Coliseum that wasn’t Thanksgiving or bowl related.

The Trojans opened up practice for the first time this season and the players appear to be happier than ever. How will that translate to success on the field? That will be largely dependent upon the players’ abilities to play within themselves and stay in the moment. Here are five keys to the game…

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