After what seems to be an early start to the season, things will get tough for the Trojans starting on Sept. 28, when a three-game stretch att Arizona State, home for Arizona and at Notre Dame kicks off.
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.
Steve Bisheff writes that the USC's loss to Arizona featured questionable coaching and a lack of discipline, two hallmarks of the Trojans this year.
They have different offenses and personalities, but dig deeper and you'll notice similarities between Lane Kiffin and Rich Rodriguez.
With USC's offense coming off a season-best performance and Arizona taking to Rich Rodriguez's spread attack, Saturday's matchup could produce big point totals.
Before the season began, the USC Trojans figured to not have much trouble in the Pac-12. But the rest of the division suddenly looks resurgent.
Steve Bisheff expects Lane Kiffin to let Matt Barkley put on a show, but what does that mean in the Trojans' quest to establish a running game. Steve Bisheff also makes his Super Bowl pick.
As the 2012 season opens with USC ranked No. 1 and expectations running wild, Steve Bisheff reminds everyone -- including coach Lane Kiffin -- of the dreaded hiccups.
USC picked a good time to go 10-2, as much of the South Division is retooling with high-profile coaches.
Steve Bisheff will hold onto his Heisman ballot till the last minute, and Matt Barkley could make his list.
Steve Bisheff shows wariness of UCLA, hopes for a Stanford-Boise State bowl showdown and sings the praises of Jim Harbaugh.