It is no secret that the USC Trojans come into the 2012 season with tons of expectations in front of them.
They're expected to be one of the top-ranked preseason teams with favorable odds to win the BCS Championship and have a Heisman winning signal-caller in Matt Barkley.
The offense is expected to be explosive; the defense stellar. Let's face it, the Trojans are surrounded by hype that everyone is pushing to the forefront.
Everyone, that is, except for the Trojans themselves.
They said it last season and have started off their spring by preaching the same motto: Prep Not Hype.
While it is extremely difficult to ignore the voices from all around telling you exactly how good you are and how you should perform this season, the Trojans are trying not to buy into their own hype.
They know how good they are and how far they could go, but the plan is to take it one game at a time and to prepare accordingly for each one.
The season starts in Los Angeles, California against the Hawaii Warriors. While the Trojans are expected to take this one easily, they must not forget that anything can happen on any day. Let us not forget that Hawaii's new head coach is none other than Norm Chow, an offensive guru.
However, if the Trojans continue to live by their own mantra of "Prep Not Hype," they should go into this game knowing exactly what Hawaii can do and will not take them lightly.
For Lane Kiffin and the Trojans, breaking the trend of losing certain games that they should win is a must if they want to start the season off on the right foot.
These Trojans are a different machine, though, so keeping the hype to a minimum should be no problem for the Men of Troy.