After watching the horror film otherwise known as the tape from his team's dreadful performance against Oregon on Saturday, Cal coach Jeff Tedford moved on the only way he knew how — by watching tape of upcoming opponent USC.

That may not have made him feel too much better.

The No. 7 Trojans visit Memorial Stadium this Saturday, and although they already have a loss in Pac-10 play and don't appear to be the dominant team they've been in recent years, they still will provide another challenge for a team already reeling from a devastating loss.

"The only way for me to get past it is to look at tape of USC," Tedford said Monday. "You can beat yourself up over and over and over by laying awake all night long about what you could have done in preparation or travel or meals. You think about everything. Could I have said something different?"

One of Tedford's biggest tasks this week is making sure his players' confidence isn't shaken. The Bears were manhandled in every way possible during the 42-3 loss to the Ducks.

"I sit up in my little cocoon up here and stay pretty insulated," Tedford said. "But for them to be out there, a lot of people say different things to them. A lot of people have different opinions about things. And so it's really important that our guys don't listen to all the opinions that are thrown around out there and just focus on next week."

  • Tedford said he's impressed with USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who's 3-0 as a starter as a true freshman.


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    Barkley is the only Trojan ever to start the season at quarterback as a true freshman and the first since 1975 to start the season for a team ranked in the top five.

    He sat out then third-ranked USC's only loss this season, missing a 16-13 setback at Washington on Sept. 19 with a shoulder injury.

    "He looks very poised, very confident," Tedford said. "He has ability, there's no question about that. And he has a good group around him."

    The Trojans lead the Pac-10 in total offense (424 yards per game).

  • With his 55-yard rushing performance Saturday, Cal tailback Jahvid Best dropped from third to ninth nationally (116.75 yards per game).

    Quarterback Kevin Riley dropped from sixth to 44th in passing efficiency (140.65).

    Linebacker Mychal Kendricks continues to lead the Pac-10 in tackles (10.0 per game).