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.
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.
With less than three months before the opening of the 2012 season, WeAreSC takes a preliminary look at the Trojans' schedule.