A look at the expected and unexpected performances throughout the first half of the season.
USC controls its fate as it begins a stretch that will determine Rose Bowl and national-title aspirations.
Issues at one cornerback spot have the Trojans considering some radical solutions, including playing star wide receiver Marqise Lee on defense.
A look back on the first four games of the Trojans' 2012 season and a look at what's to come.
An easy victory gave USC Trojans coach Lane Kiffin a chance to empty the benches early against Hawaii, giving first-year players some valuable experience.
The USC Trojans took it easy in Thursday's practice in preparation for their scrimmage on Friday.
The Trojans put on shoulder pads and helmets for the first time during fall camp. The batlle for the third WR position went on while the defense made several big plays.
Sophomore cornerback Anthony Brown looked solid in Monday's first practice, where he started in place of an absent Isiah Wiley.
Since Matt Barkley announced that he was returning for his senior season, expectations for USC in 2012 have been through the roof. Now it's time to deliver.
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.