With the 2012 USC Trojans being hailed as a likely national champion contender, attention has deservedly centered on the talent the men of Troy hope to ride to that title game.
With an abundance of returning stars, led by quarterback Matt Barkley, USC has proven commodities at almost every position, and after two years of postseason bowl bans, lord knows it is hungry.
But as everyone knows, the game of football is played with two teams, and those participants who will line up opposite the Trojans could care less about the prognostications and press clippings that celebrate the Cardinal and Gold.
And on those teams who hope to upset USC's national championship cart resides some very, very good players all of whom would love nothing more than to ruin the Trojans season.
This slideshow will look at some of these outstanding players and explain why Lane Kiffin and his crew must account for them every moment they are on the field.
Can they beat the Trojans by themselves?
Of course not, but they can provide the catalyst to motivate their teams to play above their heads.
And if they do, anything is possible, including upsets of incredible magnitude.
After all, 2006 and the horrible stench of UCLA still wafts in the air for Trojans fans...