For the 2012 USC Trojans, an appearance in this year's Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso represents a destination far removed from the lofty expectations that began this season's college football campaign.
After a free fall that removed them from the sports elite, the Trojans will take a 7-5 record into their match with a 6-7 Georgia Tech team that also fell well short of ambitions this year.
While on the surface this game doesn't appear very attractive, there is still much at stake for both of these teams.
A win here would build momentum going into 2013 for either team, and preparation time in the form of practices offer extra sessions for each coaching staff to work with their teams that otherwise would not be available.
For a young team such as the Trojans, time spent together is valuable, and the coaching staff is well aware of the benefits that will be derived with this bonus time spent with the team.
But the objective is to win this game, and in order for USC to accomplish this mission, they must take advantage of their better talent against their Yellow Jacket counterparts.
This slideshow will look at some of these positional comparisons and where USC may be better than its ACC opponent.
It should also be noted that because the Yellow Jackets are a triple-option offense, they don't employ a tight end. This position, as well as others, required a bit of creativity on this author's part.
So let's get started and see the positions where the Trojans should dominate in this game.