Haden, who produced gave Kiffin a video vote of confidence before the season, said "it could be easily asked, why not last year after a 7-6 season? What do you know now that you didn't know then?" After going 10-2 in 2011, Haden had hoped 2012 was "an aberration." It was not. The 3-2 Trojans seem to have gotten even worse in 2013. The offense was improving but erratic. The defense was dominant until Saturday night, when linebacker Hayes Pullard and safeties Dion Bailey and Su'a Cravens, standouts all, suffered injuries and Arizona State wasa able to do everything it wanted in the second half, finishing with 612 total yards.
• Notre Dame vs. Arizona State, Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET): Over the past three weeks, the Sun Devils have played games that left one coach (Wisconsin's Gary Andersen) livid and another one (USC's Lane Kiffin) fired. With the Fighting Irish already saddled with two losses, Notre Dame's Brian Kelly will surely be exasperated if his team falls at Jerry World.