It’s been four years since the Southern California Trojans, from an offensive and team standpoint, have been one of the alpha dogs of the college football landscape.
Amidst scandal and a couple of down seasons, the Trojans took a backseat as Oklahoma State, Oregon and Alabama became mainstays in the top 10.
Last season, despite being disqualified from a Pac-12 title opportunity and bowl season, USC had a revival year with Matt Barkley leading the charge and helping the Trojans to a 10-2 record.
The offense last season was spot on, with Barkley throwing for 3528 yards, 39 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also had two spectacular receivers in Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, who both eclipsed 1000-yard seasons and combined for 25 touchdowns.
If Robert Woods can be healthy by the opener, both will go into the season as the two most dangerous receivers in the country, and to top it all off the Trojans welcome back thousand-yard rusher Curtis McNeal, who averaged 6.9 yards per carry.
From an initial outlook, the Trojans appear to be set to dominate it's opponents through the air. Enter running back Silas Redd, the Penn State transfer who rushed for 1241 yards and seven touchdowns for the Nittany Lions last season.
With that inclusion, USC looks as if it will have both a air and ground game to watch for.
Questions arise as to how USC plans to use the two. Whether a 60/40 system or 50/50, the two running backs are only going to make the Trojans an even more dangerous team to beat.
This offense is reminiscent of the 2005 USC Trojans team which featured a 3000-yard passer in Matt Leinart, two one-thousand-yard rushers in Lendale White and Reggie Bush and a receiver tandem in Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith.
Smith was just 26 yards away from a 1000-yard receiving season, completing the 3/2/2 plateau.
So how dynamic can the Trojans be on offense this season? To answer, it can be very dynamic on all cylinders.
Arguably the best quarterback in college football in Matt Barkley, best receiving tandem in college football in Woods and Lee and potentially the best backfield in Redd and McNeal.
This season will be extremely interesting for the USC, as it will attempt to make its way back to prominence.