Still reeling from losses to Arizona and Oregon, the USC Trojans must brace for fresh challenges from high-scoring Arizona State and UCLA.
After coming up short against Oregon on Saturday, USC can only hope to see Oregon again in the Pac-12 title game.
While USC's offense was prolific and the Trojans kept fighting back, they were a step behind No. 4 Oregon at all times in the Ducks' 62-51 victory Saturday.
No one's been able to figure out Oregon's offense this year, and for the Trojans to have a shot, they're going to need great linebacker play.
Coming off a bitterly disappointing loss to Arizona, the Trojans find themselves searching for answers as it tries to close out the season on a positive.
On a record-setting afternoon, the USC Trojans finally put together the kind of overall game they needed to build momentum for the stretch run.
USC controls its fate as it begins a stretch that will determine Rose Bowl and national-title aspirations.
Commits from 2013 wide receiver Steven Mitchell and 2014 linemen Jordan Poland and Toa Lobendahn marked USC's first camp weekend and also altered the Trojans' recruiting landscape going forward.
As part of Insider's "20 teams that can win it all" series, Garry Paskwietz of WeAreSC evaluates the USC Trojans' chances of advancing to and winning the BCS title game this season.
With less than three months before the opening of the 2012 season, WeAreSC takes a preliminary look at the Trojans' schedule.
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.
The WeAreSC panel recollects the heartbreaking losses for the Trojans on national signing day.
No one was sure what USC would provide in 2011. What the Trojans provided was a season that will be remembered for a long time.
Oregon's style and pace makes it necessary for every available USC defender to have a positive impact on Saturday.
This week's Roundtable discusses the importance of USC being able to keep up with Oregon for four quarters at Autzen Stadium.
After being worn down by Oregon the last two years, USC coach Lane Kiffin has made a concerted effort to increase the Trojans' speed and stamina.