When USC defeated Alabama, 42-21, as the first fully integrated team playing the Crimson Tide in the South, it changed the course of college football forever.
While USC has been deliberate in recruiting local star OL Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao, out-of-area schools such as national champion Alabama have gotten a leg up.
Alabama's dominating win in the BCS National Championship Game stirs memories of the USC Trojans' similar days of domination. Now, USC must rediscover those old winning ways.
USC's track record in non-marquee December bowl games isn't very good, so Trojans fans might want to be wary of their Sun Bowl matchup with Georgia Tech.
USC might be on the West Coast, but its style has held up well, both in the trenches and on the scoreboard, against the SEC.
While Steve Bisheff isn't ready to say that USC could have beaten Alabama on Monday, he's sure the Trojans would have tested Bama's defense a lot more than LSU did.
The difference in the reactions of the families of Kevon Seymour and Landon Collins highlight the extremes of the recruiting process.