To modify a quote from that old football guru Dennis Green, "they aren't who we thought they were."
With USC's football season now officially in the trash, Trojan fans must now face the notion that their team was vastly overrated.
That stark reality was delivered emphatically by a UCLA Bruin team that was determined to put last year's 50-0 Trojan loss in the rear-view mirror.
With the Bruins' 38-28 victory over USC on a sloppy Rose Bowl field, UCLA has served notice that there is a new power in the Pac-12 South.
And once again, the Trojans are left with the empty feeling of what could have been if they had played to their potential instead of giving their opponents opportunities that, frankly, USC is not good enough to overcome.
In this case, it was a 24-0 gift-wrapped lead that USC couldn't negate. Now the Trojans find themselves just another middle-of-the-pack team, one of dozens whose season has been defined by mediocrity.
This slideshow will look at the Trojan winners and losers in this wasted effort. While the winners' category will find itself relatively barren, the losers' section will be standing-room-only for a game that should thoroughly embarrass USC.