USC controls its fate as it begins a stretch that will determine Rose Bowl and national-title aspirations.
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.