USC Football: Predicting How Trojans Will Perform Against Biggest Rivals in 2012

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USC Football: Predicting How Trojans Will Perform Against Biggest Rivals in 2012
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The 2012 USC Trojans will make their first bowl-eligible year a quest for the National Championship title, but their road to the top has a few challenges.

The Trojans’ hunt for the National Championship started when Matt Barkley gave the Trojans an early Christmas present and announced he would stay for his senior year.

“This 2012 team has some serious unfinished business to attend to and I plan to play a part in it,” Barkley said. “I have firmly decided to forgo the 2012 NFL draft and finish that.”

#UnfinishedBusiness quickly began to trend on Twitter, and the Trojans' chances to be No. 1 in the country grew.

ESPN’s College Football Live has ranked USC as its preseason No. 1, and with returning talent like Robert Woods, Marquise Lee and T.J. McDonald led by Heisman-candidate Barkley, the Trojans have the tools to go all the way.

From no BCS bowl chance to a potential National Championship, here is the road—and potential roadblocks—the Trojans face in the 2012. 

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