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.
A statistical breakdown of the remaining opponents on USC's schedule.
With signing day less than two weeks away, this is how the recruiting classes in the Pac-12 stack up.
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.
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.
USC's first road game of the season Saturday will test its secondary, intelligence and emotional stability.
Sun Devil Stadium is a place for hot activity, from 100-degree weather to great on-field moments.
It may be early, but Saturday night's battle between USC and Arizona State could go a long way in determining the Pac-12 South Division champion.
Jordan Simmons believed he was headed for a basketball career, but once he tried football he was hooked.
Talking NCAA and Kiffin, receivers past and present, video boards, stadium security and financial security.