USC to be in 'good frame of mind' vs. Cougars

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Southern California came away frustrated from its latest loss but coach Steve Sarkisian expects his players to display their resilience come Saturday's matchup with Washington State.

Southern California (5-3, 4-2 Pac-12) is one win away from postseason eligibility heading to Washington State (2-6, 1-4). And while the Cougars have struggled all season, Sarkisian doesn't expect an easy outing in Pullman.

Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, the nation's passing leader, leads a high-powered offense that nevertheless sputtered early last week on the way to a 59-37 loss to No. 14 Arizona.

The Cougars want to ensure they don't suffer another early breakdown.