Players have been off since Saturday's 49-14 rout of
The outcome of Friday's Pac-12 Conference championship game between
The Trojans appear to be possible candidates for the Dec. 27
"Kind of going back to the basics," Sarkisian said. "Going back to the fundamentals, the schemes and just how we do everything."
The latter practices "gets into making sure we're putting our players in the best position to be successful, so that we're really good come the game," Sarkisian said.
Last season, after the firing of
The Trojans practiced eight times before that game. The NCAA does not limit a team's number of practices before a bowl game.
USC probably wasn't sad to see Mike Riley leave
USC was 8-3 against Riley-coached teams during his two stints at Oregon State. But the Trojans struggled in the last decade at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.
The Beavers defeated the third-ranked Trojans, 33-31, in 2006. In 2008, Oregon State upset top-ranked USC, 27-21. And USC lost, 36-7, in 2010.
Riley, a former Trojans assistant under John Robinson, was pursued twice by USC to become head coach.
The San Diego Chargers would not let him out of his contract in 2000, which eventually led to the hiring of
Quarterback Cody Kessler and defensive lineman Leonard Williams are finalists for postseason awards.
Kessler is among 11 finalists for the Manning Award, presented to the top quarterback in college football. Kessler, a junior, has passed for 36 touchdowns, with four interceptions. He ranks fourth nationally in passing efficiency.
Other finalists: Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Texas Christian's Trevone Boykin, Marshall's Rakeem Cato,
The Manning Award takes into account bowl performances. The winner will be announced in January.
Kessler also is a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the top senior or fourth-year junior quarterback.
Williams is a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, presented to college football's top defensive end.
Williams, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior, has 8 1/2 tackles for losses, including six sacks. He also has intercepted a pass and forced three fumbles.
Other finalists: Ohio State's Joey Basa, Clemson's Vic Beasley,