What Saturday night's loss proved is that USC is no longer the bully of the Pac-12, beating opponents with size and strength. That title now belongs to Stanford.
USC is 2-0, but hasn't looked like the No. 2 team in the nation. The Trojans can make up for that with a nice win against Stanford this weekend.
The 2011 season might have just ended, but it's not too early for USC fans to look at the 2012 schedule.
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.
Steve Bisheff wonders how much attention Matt Barkley would get if he wasn't in the same conference as Andrew Luck and sings the praises of Boise State QB Kellen Moore.
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.
After a rough final season under Pete Carroll in 2009 and an uneven performance last season, the Trojans look to be back on the right track. And the Kiffins are a big reason why.
On Friday, the five biggest keys to beating Stanford were identified. How did USC do in executing that plan?
If life was fair, there wouldn't have been a loser Saturday night. USC was saddled with that label but did a lot to excite its fans about the future.
Stanford comes into Saturday's game with USC with the longest winning streak in the nation. Kyle Williams points out the five keys in halting it.
Matt Barkley and Andrew Luck are elite quarterbacks, but having star signal-callers is not a new thing for USC and Stanford.
Steve Bisheff raves about Andrew Luck and Oregon's ability to overcome injuries while wondering what happened to Tony LaRussa in Game 5.