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 it's easy to be gloomy, things aren't all bad for USC, as an opponent it's beaten eight straight times, Cal, is next on the schedule.
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.
The 2011 season might have just ended, but it's not too early for USC fans to look at the 2012 schedule.
California might have thought that USC and its leaky defense was a good homecoming opponent, but the Trojans defense proved otherwise.
With the bye week now over, USC has to get ready for an extremely tough final seven games to its season.
USC picked a good time to play a good second half, as its schedule gets more difficult in the upcoming weeks.