Recruiting Arizona is key

With the upset loss at Arizona last month, the USC Trojans didn't make the greatest impression on recruits from the Grand Canyon State. The gut-wrenching defeat dashed any hopes the Trojans had at reaching the BCS championship, but it might have had other implications, too.

On Saturday against the Arizona State Sun Devils, USC coaches have an opportunity to save face, in a sense. It's an important matchup if the Trojans hope to be successful in their pursuit of Arizona prospects next year.

There are nine ESPN Watch List members from the state of Arizona in the Class of 2014, making it arguably as good a crop of recruits as California has.