A big win over Arizona State, led by the beleaguered defense, has USC feeling good heading into a huge showdown with rival UCLA.
Coming off a bitterly disappointing loss to Arizona, the Trojans find themselves searching for answers as it tries to close out the season on a positive.
With USC's offense coming off a season-best performance and Arizona taking to Rich Rodriguez's spread attack, Saturday's matchup could produce big point totals.
On a record-setting afternoon, the USC Trojans finally put together the kind of overall game they needed to build momentum for the stretch run.
A look at the expected and unexpected performances throughout the first half of the season.
A look back on the first four games of the Trojans' 2012 season and a look at what's to come.
USC has struggled to find a No. 3 receiver behind Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. With tight ends such as Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble, the Trojans might not need to make a choice.
Matt Barkley threw for over 350 yards and four touchdowns and led his team to nearly 50 points. And it doesn't seem to surprise anyone anymore.
The USC Trojans took it easy in Thursday's practice in preparation for their scrimmage on Friday.
Sophomore cornerback Anthony Brown looked solid in Monday's first practice, where he started in place of an absent Isiah Wiley.
Since Matt Barkley announced that he was returning for his senior season, expectations for USC in 2012 have been through the roof. Now it's time to deliver.
USC is back to postseason eligiblity and is ready to compete for titles, something the rest of the Pac-12 is well aware of.
USC's total of three players drafted was its lowest in 10 years. But it could have that many in the first round alone in 2013.
The USC Trojans are making final preparations for Saturday's spring game. Here are some things to watch for.
USC might be on the West Coast, but its style has held up well, both in the trenches and on the scoreboard, against the SEC.
A look at some of the USC Trojans' injuries and a status report for the players involved.