After what seems to be an early start to the season, things will get tough for the Trojans starting on Sept. 28, when a three-game stretch att Arizona State, home for Arizona and at Notre Dame kicks off.
USC's offensive stars in their part in a 38-17 win over Arizona State, but it was the surprisingly dominate play of the defense that really shined.
In a battle between two struggling teams, USC and Arizona State square off in a big Pac-12 South Division contest.
Still reeling from losses to Arizona and Oregon, the USC Trojans must brace for fresh challenges from high-scoring Arizona State and UCLA.
A statistical breakdown of the remaining opponents on USC's schedule.
With less than three months before the opening of the 2012 season, WeAreSC takes a preliminary look at the Trojans' schedule.
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The 2011 season might have just ended, but it's not too early for USC fans to look at the 2012 schedule.
USC picked a good time to go 10-2, as much of the South Division is retooling with high-profile coaches.
USC has the best class in the Pac-12 to date, but Arizona State and UCLA are looming.
Both USC and Arizona are coming in off losses and have the capability of producing, along with giving up, big plays.
It's no secret that the Arizona schools have a deep foundation of California talent. But several excellent players have gone from Arizona to USC over the years.
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Four turnovers, red-zone inefficiency, needless personal fouls and bad play-calls. USC's loss to Arizona State featured all of those things.
USC went into Saturday's game at Arizona State hoping to make a statement. It did, proving that it's a ways removed from being a Pac-12 contender.
To win in Sun Devil Stadium, USC had to avoid turnovers, mental mistakes and get sound coaching. That didn't exactly happen.