The Trojans, who ruled the Pac-10 over much of the past decade, want to beat Oregon, the big dog of the present, to establish a future foothold.
While it might feel weird, it's in the best interest of USC fans to root for Stanford the rest of the way. The Cardinal's success could help the Trojans down the road.
USC didn't get the job done on the scoreboard Saturday against Stanford. But don't be surprised if the Trojans pass the Cardinal, and everyone else in the Pac-12, very soon.
USC has the 2-0 start it wanted, but the Trojans seem to be locked in battles with themselves.
Considering the circumstances in which he took the USC job, and how the Trojans looked early in the season compared to now, Lane Kiffin is as good of a choice for national coach of the year as any.