USC fans hoped the issues the Trojans showed early in the season would eventually fix themselves, but USC's loss to UCLA, its fourth this season, served to further expose those shortcomings.
USC's offensive stars in their part in a 38-17 win over Arizona State, but it was the surprisingly dominate play of the defense that really shined.
After coming up short against Oregon on Saturday, USC can only hope to see Oregon again in the Pac-12 title game.
Matt Barkley and T.J. McDonald could have left after last season and no one would have blamed them. But the Trojans duo want to end things as champions.
USC is back to postseason eligiblity and is ready to compete for titles, something the rest of the Pac-12 is well aware of.