But Kiffin probably couldn't keep the Trojans from being distracted after UCLA receiver Shaquelle Evans made comments about USC during a radio interview on Wednesday.
Evans, who is from Inglewood, said "the tables have turned" in a rivalry that will be renewed Nov. 30 at the
"I'm from the 'Wood so all I hear is SC. 'Oh, when y'all play SC, they're going to beat you,''' Evans told
"It's so much fun ... just seeing them, they're struggling, like how we used to struggle. Now, they're struggling. It's just awesome to see that. I hate 'em, so I'm just loving it."
Evans has nine receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns. USC All-American Marqise Lee has 17 catches for 221 yards and one touchdown.
Asked who was the best wideout in college football in Los Angeles, Evans said, "I'm going to have say me, right now, the numbers speak for themselves.
"I understand he has a little quarterback issue ... he's still a baller, but right now I'd have to say myself."
Evans remarks apparently got the attention of Lee and teammates.
On his Twitter feed, running back Silas Redd posted: