After Monday's 21-7 loss to Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl finished a 7-6 season, USC is more than happy to leave a disappointing 2012 behind.
Getting to play in a bowl game allows USC an extra set of December practices that could pay big dividends for young players in 2013.
USC's offensive stars in their part in a 38-17 win over Arizona State, but it was the surprisingly dominate play of the defense that really shined.
Still reeling from losses to Arizona and Oregon, the USC Trojans must brace for fresh challenges from high-scoring Arizona State and UCLA.
With less than three months before the opening of the 2012 season, WeAreSC takes a preliminary look at the Trojans' schedule.
With signing day less than two weeks away, this is how the recruiting classes in the Pac-12 stack up.
How USC responds to disappointing fourth quarter will be key; Trojans burn redshirt of freshman RB Amir Carlisle
Key USC turnovers in the red zone cause a game that could have gone either way early in the fourth quarter to get away.
Vontaze Burfict and USC renew pleasantries, Devon Kennard heads back home, while Marcus Martin, Shane Horton get set to fill in.
USC's road test against Arizona State and the Pac-12 Conference choosing not to expand headline this week's Roundtable.