With the Trojans' annual crosstown rivalry game against UCLA fast approaching, many are questioning whether USC has what takes to continue its decade-plus long domination of the powder blue and gold boys.
And to be certain, this years version of the Bruins do not even remotely resemble those of recent years past.
Sporting a very efficient offense put in place by its first-year coach Jim Mora Jr., UCLA finds themselves with a better record (8-2) than the Trojans and led by a redshirt freshman quarterback (Brett Hundley) who doesn't know better, the Bruins fully expect to win this game in front of a home crowd that expects the same.
So what are the Trojans to do? How can Lane Kiffin and his staff prepare their team to meet an opponent who would love nothing more than to prove that it's the new power in Los Angeles.
Well, fortunately for Kiffin, the Trojans and their legions of fans, UCLA—despite its significant improvement—does have weaknesses.
This slideshow will look at five areas where the Bruins can be had and how USC can take advantage of these deficiencies in UCLA's game.
Focus on these areas and this game is yours for the taking Coach Kiffin.
Fail to do so and....well, you know...