Issues at one cornerback spot have the Trojans considering some radical solutions, including playing star wide receiver Marqise Lee on defense.
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.
USC might not be completely back, but a convincing win at Notre Dame indicates it might be closer than previously thought.
USC picked a good time to play a good second half, as its schedule gets more difficult in the upcoming weeks.
WR Marqise Lee has been a revelation as a freshman, while touted fellow frosh WR George Farmer could be headed for a surprise redshirt.
Second-year coach Lane Kiffin knows how to play to his team's strengths but can't seem to get the Trojans back on track when things go wrong.
There are some similiarities from Pete Carroll's second offseason to Lane Kiffin's, but will Kiffin provide the same results in year two?
It's hard to guess what you'll get out of the 2011 USC Trojans, who have as many questions as they have talented players.
Talking NCAA and Kiffin, receivers past and present, video boards, stadium security and financial security.