Key players in the USC vs. Ohio State matchup
Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor
The sophomore is 6-feet-6, 235 pounds but is the fastest player on the Ohio State team. "Like a pterodactyl," said USC safety Taylor Mays. Pryor, though, has not yet proven to be a consistent passer.
USC QB Matt Barkley
The freshman will be making the first road start of his career. His reaction to what awaits at the Horseshoe? 'Bring it on.'
Ohio State WR Dane Sanzenbacher
The junior is quarterback Terrelle Pryor's main passing target after the departures of Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline.
USC TB Joe McKnight
The junior, here running for a 24-yard gain against Ohio State last year, has risen to the top of the depth chart among the Trojans' talented tailbacks.
Ohio State RB Dan "Boom" Herron
The sophomore replaces Beanie Wells as the Buckeyes' workhorse out of the backfield. As a freshman, he ran for 439 yards and four TDs, including 51 yards vs. USC.
USC WR Damian Williams
The junior, who caught a touchdown pass against Ohio State last year, has emerged as the Trojans' most dependable receiver after transferring from Arkansas.
Ohio State S Kurt Coleman
The senior is a three-year starter who nearly went to the NFL after finishing third on the team with 78 tackles last season.
USC FB Stanley Havili
The junior, as shown here diving into the end zone for the first touchdown of last year's game against Ohio State, is a threat to come out of the backfield and provide key receptions for the Trojans.
Ohio State K Aaron Pettrey
The senior was Ohio State's kicker on long field goals last year, hitting 7 of 8. But he missed a PAT last week.
USC S Taylor Mays
The senior (No. 2) surprised most by not turning pro after last season. He's the key to the Trojans' defense, which lost nine starters from last season's top-ranked unit.
Ohio State coach Jim Tressel
Tressel is 84-19 with a national title at Ohio State, and even though he has lost his past three bowl games the Buckeyes have finished in the AP Top 10 in each of the past four years.
USC coach Pete Carroll
Carroll's winning percentage (85.6 percent) is the highest among all active FBS coaches with a minimum of five years. He's led the Trojans to two national titles and seven straight Pac-10 titles and AP final four rankings.