A big win over Arizona State, led by the beleaguered defense, has USC feeling good heading into a huge showdown with rival UCLA.
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.
Still reeling from losses to Arizona and Oregon, the USC Trojans must brace for fresh challenges from high-scoring Arizona State and UCLA.
USC might have its 2013 recruiting class filled right now, but recent developments with Max Redfield underlines the necessity for the coaches to keep recruiting hard.
Issues at one cornerback spot have the Trojans considering some radical solutions, including playing star wide receiver Marqise Lee on defense.
USC was counting on better pass defense this season. But because of questions at the cornerback spot opposite Nickell Robey, that hasn't happened yet.
An easy victory gave USC Trojans coach Lane Kiffin a chance to empty the benches early against Hawaii, giving first-year players some valuable experience.
Sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard uses competition with his teammates to make the USC defense better.
The Trojans put on shoulder pads and helmets for the first time during fall camp. The batlle for the third WR position went on while the defense made several big plays.
Senior defensive end Devon Kennard is finally staying put at a position after being shuffled around his first three years at USC, and that comfort is helping him take on the role of senior leader.
Oregon's style and pace makes it necessary for every available USC defender to have a positive impact on Saturday.
After being destroyed by the Washington offense last year, the USC defense returned the favor in the Trojans' lopsided victory.
After struggling to force turnovers during its first five games, the USC defense has turned into ballhawks recently.
Almost everyone, including Manti Te'o himself, thought the linebacker was destined to be a Trojan. But Te'o is leading the Notre Dame defense.
The much-maligned USC defense earned its keep Thursday, forcing five turnovers and carrying the Trojans to victory.
This week's Roundtable looks at possible breakout players in the second half of the season for the Trojans.