Bounced from the top 10 a week earlier, the USC Trojans tried slipping back in with a somewhat methodical 27-9 victory over Cal that provided almost as many questions as answers.
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.
Steve Bisheff looks at Stanford's success against USC and how it helps other teams as well as other thoughts around the sports world.
With some adjustments along the line and increased leadership, the Trojans can bounce back from a tough loss.
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.
Steve Bisheff talks about the coaching legacy ramifications of the USC-Stanford game, UCLA's hot start and Andy Murray's breakthrough.
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.
Chris Hawkins was ready to commit to Stanford this past weekend. But getting his dream offer from USC has the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., cornerback rethinking things.
With signing day less than two weeks away, this is how the recruiting classes in the Pac-12 stack up.
They might have both moved on to the NFL, but things haven't changed in the battle between Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll.
Updates on USC's first big recruiting weekend, plus catching up with USC recruits making visits to Stanford and Colorado, respectively.
The 2011 season might have just ended, but it's not too early for USC fans to look at the 2012 schedule.
Kyle Williams evaluates USC junior prospect Su'a Cravens, who already shows an ability to excel at the major-college level.
Steve Bisheff shows wariness of UCLA, hopes for a Stanford-Boise State bowl showdown and sings the praises of Jim Harbaugh.
Several Pac-12 North teams are primed for big recruiting finishes, as Stanford, Cal, Oregon and Washington are in on many top prospects.
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.