Here we go.
The 2012 college football season opens with a bang when the much-ballyhooed USC Trojans welcome former offensive coordinator Norm Chow and his Hawaii Warriors to the coliseum this Saturday.
The Trojans, ranked No. 1 in the recently released AP Preseason Poll, will be attempting to get off to a good start in what promises to be a memorable season for the Cardinal and Gold.
Led by prohibitive Heisman favorite, quarterback Matt Barkley, and a bevy of quality skill players, USC will face a Hawaii team that is in rebuild mode after losing record-setting quarterback Bryant Moniz and is undergoing a major face lift with a new coaching staff.
In a season where USC will not just have to win, but do it impressively, Hawaii represents an opportunity for head coach Lane Kiffin and his staff to fine tune the roster before the Trojans enter the meat of their schedule.
Realistically, can Hawaii pull of the stunner against the vaunted Trojans?
No, but it will be an important game to set a precedent for the upcoming season, and to that end, here are seven keys to make sure the men of Troy get off on the right foot.