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.
With USC's defense struggling mightily against the spread offense, it creates an awkward situation for Lane and Monte Kiffin.
USC can still force a rematch with Oregon in the Pac-12 title game, but the Trojans will have to go a long way to earn it.
Greg Katz writes that Chip Kelly has become the latest innovator in college football, and some of his methods have rubbed off on USC.
Greg Katz writes that the he problems plaguing USC this season have been all about setting up Oregon.
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.