While a lot of Pac-12 schools have hit home runs with recent coaching hires, history suggests that there's no failsafe formula to ensure success.
For the first time since last season, the USC Trojans are without the weight of expectations. Rather, all the pressure Saturday is on No. 1 Notre Dame.
With all the mini-controversies swirling around Lane Kiffin this season, Saturday's showdown with UCLA could have far-reaching implications.
UCLA might have surpassed USC in the standings, but the Bruins will need to beat the Trojans in a big game this weekend.
The 2011 season might have just ended, but it's not too early for USC fans to look at the 2012 schedule.
USC picked a good time to go 10-2, as much of the South Division is retooling with high-profile coaches.
Between pregame comments and untraditionally white uniforms, UCLA awoke USC, which gave the Bruins a beating they'll never forget.
With USC and UCLA about to butt helmets again, Greg Katz recalls some of his more poignant memories of the series.
An impressive victory over Colorado has USC on pace for a potential 10-win season. But the road to double digits is not an easy one.
Talking NCAA and Kiffin, receivers past and present, video boards, stadium security and financial security.