Jeremy Hogue writes that with the No. 1 ranking come higher expectations.
USC's young tight ends provide big plays in victory, but stumble enough to warrant more work.
Utah's multiple looks and big defensive line presents a major challenge for a USC line that looked shaky against Minnesota.
There are questions along the USC offensive line as two new guards drop into the mix with veterans Matt Kalil and Khaled Holmes.
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.
The Trojans have a lot of first-time starters who will have to learn as they go, but it looks like their coach still has much to learn, too.
USC's shaky performance against Minnesota will be forgotten if the Trojans can beat Utah next time out.
Revamped defense must control Minnesota's mobile QB; special teams could play major role.
Talking Pac-12 versus Big Ten, catching passes, and what Minnesota could do to surprise USC.
If the USC defense is to erase the horrible memories of last season, players such as T.J. McDonald must live up to their preseason billing.
The return of senior Marc Tyler could bolster the running game; DE Nick Perry carries the load for the defense against Utah.