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Rich Rodriguez: 'Hopefully we can come out and play well for four quarters'

Arizona finally got its first Pac-12 win on Saturday, and now faces another tough game with USC coming to town.

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The Arizona Wildcats snapped a three-game losing streak with a decisive victory over the Washington Huskies on Saturday. Head coach Rich Rodriguez was pleased with what he saw, but believes his team still has plenty to work on with a difficult schedule ahead.

Arizona hosts the the Trojans on Saturday, and USC seems to be steadily improving since its loss to Stanford. The Trojans are now 4-1 in Pac-12 play and up to No. 9 in the BCS Standings. Rodriguez knows that USC will provide a bigger challenge than Washington, and still believes his team has things to work on, even after a 52-17 win, according to

"After reviewing film, I thought there were some really good moments. And some other moments where we certainly could have played better. I thought our guys were more reenergized after the open date. They played hungry and it was a nice win. With that being said, we refocused in last night’s short walk through on USC and our guys know what a challenge it is. It should be a great atmosphere and hopefully we have a sellout and our fans can give us a boost. It’s a great challenge for our guys. Hopefully we can come out and play well for four quarters."

The road to a bowl game will be tough for the Wildcats, but can get a lot easier if they can pull the upset on Saturday. After facing USC, the Wildcats have road games at UCLA and Utah, as well as a home meeting with ASU left on the schedule.