LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- Carson Palmer could be the latest Pac-10 Conference quarterback to feast on the suddenly suspect Arizona State defense.
Eighth-ranked Southern California seeks its fifth straight victory and tries to keep its slim Pac-10 Conference title hopes alive Saturday when it welcomes the Sun Devils to the Los Angeles Coliseum.
A loss by USC this week will clinch the Pac-10 title for Washington State, which handed the Trojans their only conference defeat.
USC (7-2, 5-1) has scored 164 points during its winning streak as Palmer has emerged as a Heisman Trophy candidate.
Palmer threw four touchdown passes in last week's 49-17 rout of Stanford and has passed for 1,113 yards and 13 touchdowns in his last three games. He has 61 career touchdown passes, breaking the school mark of 58 held by Rob Johnson.
"This is really something to watch," USC coach Pete Carroll said of Palmer. "He's really bringing it together and capitalizing on his past experiences. He's in control of the game, and it's not difficult for him right now."
Next up is the Sun Devils (7-4, 4-2), who fell out of the rankings after allowing 99 points in back-to-back losses to Washington State and California.
Jason Gesser of Washington State threw three TD passes two weeks ago and Kyle Boller tied a career high with five in last Saturday's 55-38 victory for California.
Arizona State defensive end Terrell Suggs already has set an NCAA record with 19 1/2 sacks, but he was held to one by the Golden Bears.
Andrew Walter of the Sun Devils threw for 477 yards and and four touchdowns, but he also had a key fumble late in the third quarter. The Sun Devils were doomed by three fumbles deep in their own territory, and another such effort would be disastrous against the surging Trojans.
USC will try to score 40 points in four straight games for the first time in school history.
Freshman Mike Williams has emerged as one of Palmer's prime targets and needs 87 yards to become USC's first 1,000-yard receiver since Keyshawn Johnson in 1995.
USC has won three of the last four meetings with Arizona State, including a 48-17 decision last season when Palmer threw for 295 yards and three scores.