Northwest memories

LOS ANGELES -- In perhaps one of the more shocking developments of the 2012 season, rain is predicted in Seattle for Saturday afternoon's Pac-12 Conference game between the No. 11 USC Trojans and the unranked Washington Huskies.

Forecasting a Seattle downpour for a USC visit is like predicting November will follow October, the Rolling Stones will tour again, and Traveler will come galloping out of the Coliseum tunnel after every Trojans touchdown.

At some level, it wouldn't be a Trojans visit to the original hometown of Starbucks if there weren't some measurement of moisture falling from the general overcast and gloomy skies of the Emerald City.