But Washington's game at USC is a huge one in its own way too. That's because, unlike, say, WSU and UCLA, the Huskies and Trojans may be playing for survival. They're both looking for their first Pac-10 win to revive postseason hopes that can't survive many more losses.
As of yesterday, coach Lorenzo Romar seemed to honestly belive that he saw enough in losses to WSU and UCLA to give him hope of a top-half Pac-10 finish that would likely get his team into the NCAA tournament. And while he said today isn't necessarily essential, it's hard to imagine that goal surviving long with anything less than two wins over the next three games.
And the Trojans see things the same way.