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.
Argue with each other all they want, USC and Notre Dame fans find their teams in similar places entering this year's meeting.
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.