With USC unexpectedly finding themselves facing a crossroad game versus Cal, the Trojans will be looking for answers to questions they couldn't fathom even considering.
How they respond will go a long way toward revealing the way the rest of the season unfolds.
In last Saturday's loss to Stanford, USC was outplayed in every facet of the game, and while the scoreboard only showed a seven point advantage for the Cardinal, the loss felt much more one sided than the final tally would indicate.
For the men of Troy to rebound against Jeff Tedford's suddenly dangerous Bears, they will have to shake off the mental doldrums of last week's loss and, at the same time, improve in a number of areas on the gridiron.
This slide show will look at five keys to starting a new winning streak for USC, and while it will take improvement in all segments of their game, here are the areas of immediate concern.