After coming up short against Oregon on Saturday, USC can only hope to see Oregon again in the Pac-12 title game.
While USC's offense was prolific and the Trojans kept fighting back, they were a step behind No. 4 Oregon at all times in the Ducks' 62-51 victory Saturday.
No one's been able to figure out Oregon's offense this year, and for the Trojans to have a shot, they're going to need great linebacker play.
With less than three months before the opening of the 2012 season, WeAreSC takes a preliminary look at the Trojans' schedule.
Even with some recent attrition, USC faces more roster juggling to adhere to scholarship limits. DaJohn Harris also makes his move at the Shrine Bowl.
Oregon's style and pace makes it necessary for every available USC defender to have a positive impact on Saturday.
This week's Roundtable discusses the importance of USC being able to keep up with Oregon for four quarters at Autzen Stadium.
After being worn down by Oregon the last two years, USC coach Lane Kiffin has made a concerted effort to increase the Trojans' speed and stamina.
While Notre Dame and UCLA are the traditional rivals for the Trojans, no team has given USC more problems than Oregon during the last 15 years.