Lane Kiffin showed his coaching chops last season, leading USC to a 10-2 record. But he'll be in the crosshairs in 2012, as Trojans fans will be expecting a championship contender.
With Matt Barkley's return, along with a host of others, has USC poised for a return to national title-contender status.
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.
Those who already herald Matt Barkley as a Heisman contender must be blocking out his rough finish last season.