After playing for USC against Notre Dame, Kennedy Polamalu, Joe Barry and Sammy Knight return to the rivalry as assistant coaches.
Sophomore Cody Kessler is keeping the quarterback competition alive with solid play this spring. He's one of a handful of players who have impressed in spring ball.
After Monday's 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl finished a 7-6 season, USC is more than happy to leave a disappointing 2012 behind.
Getting to play in a bowl game allows USC an extra set of December practices that could pay big dividends for young players in 2013.
Notre Dame's ability to master the details, and USC's inability to take care of the little things, is why the Irish are going to the national title game and the Trojans have a fifth loss.
At the Coliseum on Saturday, USC fans will pay tribute to a senior class that has seen its share of ups and downs.
There will be more than bragging rights on the line when USC and UCLA square off on Saturday. It's reminiscient of 2002, when the Trojans scored a decisive victory.
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.
After coming up short against Oregon on Saturday, USC can only hope to see Oregon again in the Pac-12 title game.
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.
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.
The Trojans conclude a stretch of four our of five on the road with Saturday's game at Washington.
Preseason expectations had USC hoping to ride a veteran OL while riding out growing pains from a young DL. The first four games haven't exactly played out in that way.
To recover from a disappointing loss to Stanford, No. 13 USC relied on an old friend, rushing for 296 yards in a 27-9 victory over California.