posted 9 years ago
A 38-0 victory over Notre Dame did little to help the Trojans prepare for a brutal stretch that begins at Oregon and includes road trips to California and Arizona State before hosting UCLA in the season finale. Oregon and Arizona State are top-five teams in this week's Bowl Championship Series rankings.
Through its first seven games, USC has hardly had ideal preparation. The Trojans' first seven opponents are currently 14-34 overall; their next five are 27-8.
But Carroll compared this year's schedule to last season.
"We couldn't get much harder (than last year)," he said. "It was Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame and someone else."
That someone else was the team he didn't beat in that stretch, UCLA.
"This is very familiar," Carroll said.
With one major difference. USC played Oregon, Cal and Notre Dame at the Coliseum before going to the Rose Bowl for the UCLA game.
Three of the Trojans' next four games are on the road (Oregon, Cal, Arizona State).