The USC Trojans rolled in the 2011 season and are primed to continue the success in 2012.
Coming off a 10-2 season last year, they were unable to participate in postseason play because of their bowl ban.
This year, expect the Trojans to be in contention for a national championship.
Here are five reasons why the Trojans may be hoisting the national title this season.
The Trojans will have veteran leadership amongst their squad. Nineteen starters are returning from last season's team.
The experience will be a plus and many of the players returning are skill players. Their experience will give them an advantage many teams in the Pac-12 will not.
USC was top 20 last season in points per game, averaging just over 35 points.They were also top 25 in yards per game last season.
Three essential catalysts for those numbers, quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquis Lee, are all returning.
Woods, alone, caught 15 touchdown passes from Barkley. They have the opportunity to give defenses fits in the Pac-12.
Lane Kiffin is one of the best young coaches in college football. He has the weaponry on his offense and a solid defense that can be coached to a championship.
Kiffin's spread offense can produce points at a high rate; the Trojans will have no problems scoring.
Barkley has been a understudy of Kiffin's offense for two years now, so he will succeed in it.