USC has had the Sun Bowl blues, as it has lost its only two trips to El Paso, falling to Michigan State in 1990 and TCU in 1998.
Issues at one cornerback spot have the Trojans considering some radical solutions, including playing star wide receiver Marqise Lee on defense.
Kylie Fitts and others have found it's more difficult to succeed on the field after pledging to a big-time program like USC.
Watching Jordan Jefferson struggle and Jarrett Lee observe helplessly had to make Tigers fans look ahead to the likes of Zach Mettenberger and Gunner Kiel.
The switch to a new offense was a bit of a struggle for Michigan's wide receivers, though some did step up at times.
Florida has talent but not enough depth in the trenches. The Gators also could use more of a pass rush from their defensive tackles.
On further review, Michigan's loss to Iowa was as ugly the second time around.
As Texas reaches the mid-point of its season, third down and red zone stats show some of the offense's struggles.
Argue with each other all they want, USC and Notre Dame fans find their teams in similar places entering this year's meeting.
On further review, Michigan looked even worse against Michigan State, getting dominated on both lines of scrimmage.
Georgia needs to close its 2012 class with a strong showing in the secondary, where it has no commitments to date.
The Trojans have a lot of first-time starters who will have to learn as they go, but it looks like their coach still has much to learn, too.