USC can't afford to look past its Sun Bowl matchup with a Georgia Tech team that runs a unique and difficult triple-option offense.
The crosstown showdown between USC and UCLA has big implications, as a trip to the Pac-12 title game is at stake.
Two years ago, the NCAA dropped what many thought was the kill shot to USC's program. But the Trojans haven't only survived thus far, but they have thrived in the aftermath.
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.
Even with some recent attrition, USC faces more roster juggling to adhere to scholarship limits. DaJohn Harris also makes his move at the Shrine Bowl.