Have had a chance to see 3 of their last 4 games, and have been impressed. Yes, they still have to beat UCLA on the road ... but they should.
The Buckeye secondary was exposed against Michigan, and USC has no greater strength than their talented WR's. Jarrett just vaulted himself into the top ten of the NFL Draft with that performance against ND. And Smith has been their best WR all year. The 3rd WR Turner, as well as the TE Davis both have skills as well. And J.D. Booty, after being good for 2-3 boneheaded throws a game early in the year, has really settled down and matured.
USC is the only team in the country as fast or faster than the Buckeyes. And they will have all that Michigan game tape to use to help in their preparations for their attempted siege on the tOSU secondary.
Their running backs ... haven't been real impressed with them. Gable, Washington, Moody ... eh. The OL - Baker at LT is a beast, but look what Gholston did to Jake Long. Also, I question whether or not USC has played any defenses this year worth a crap. Who was the best defense USC faced? Certainly not Arkansas's week one defense. Oregon? Cal?
Defensively, I coulda swore USC was a 3-4 team earlier in the season, but they've been playing almost exclusively 4-3 as of late from what I've seen. The DL is alot smaller and quicker than Michigan's, which I'm not sure how much I like ... even though Michigan is clearly superior in the front seven. In what was supposed to be a rebuild year for the Trojans, they lack their signature depth and experience up front on D.
USC's got one real good CB, his last name is eluding me. I have no idea how their depth will mesure up against the spread once Robo, Hartline, and Hall get in the game.
What I do know is that USC is alot better coached, and a helluva lot faster than Michigan.
Ultimately, the Troy/Tressel factors, as well as AZ being Columbus West ... seem like too much for anyone to overcome. But the Trojans are playing well right now, and are clearly not a foe to scoff at.