While USC has been deliberate in recruiting local star OL Damien Mama and Viane Talamaivao, out-of-area schools such as national champion Alabama have gotten a leg up.
USC baby boomers have seen a lot of good times, and now they're hoping for another great run under Lane Kiffin.
With several USC recruits and targets having gone quiet before signing day, it's hard to tell if that's a good or bad sign for the Trojans.
Any thoughts that Pat Haden didn't have the resolve to make major change were foiled when the USC AD fired basketball coach Kevin O'Neill, serving as a message for Lane Kiffin.
Alabama's dominating win in the BCS National Championship Game stirs memories of the USC Trojans' similar days of domination. Now, USC must rediscover those old winning ways.
In his final high school game, USC linebacker recruit Michael Hutchings helped perennial national power Concord (Calif.) De La Salle win its fourth consecutive state title.
USC's track record in non-marquee December bowl games isn't very good, so Trojans fans might want to be wary of their Sun Bowl matchup with Georgia Tech.
USC has had the Sun Bowl blues, as it has lost its only two trips to El Paso, falling to Michigan State in 1990 and TCU in 1998.
After the season began with dreams of a BCS national championship, Lane Kiffin will need to get his team motivated for the Sun Bowl.
UCLA might have surpassed USC in the standings, but the Bruins will need to beat the Trojans in a big game this weekend.
USC controls its fate as it begins a stretch that will determine Rose Bowl and national-title aspirations.
Greg Katz takes a look at the history of USC fans criticizing whoever calls the plays for the Trojans.
A look back on the first four games of the Trojans' 2012 season and a look at what's to come.
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.
You could arguably assert that the 1962 USC Trojans football team not only surprised a nation and won the mythical national championship, but they helped legendary coach John McKay from becoming a footnote.
With expectations for the USC Trojans through the roof, a look at the top 10 storylines for the 2012 season.