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USC may come back from probation with a bang this year with the boatload of talent that they have returning.
Eighteen starters are coming back, the most important, of course, being Matt Barkley.
Historically, we can say with considerable confidence that the team they will be facing will be from the SEC. It's likely going to be either LSU or Alabama, but people should keep an eye on South Carolina, Georgia and Arkansas as well.
For now, the projected SEC Champion is LSU.
Alabama lost too many players on defense, and it will hurt them in the beginning of the season as it did in 2010. Tyrann Mathieu and the Tigers will have the strongest defense in the country, and defense wins championships.