Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Last year USC started the season ranked No. 1 with then- Heisman favorite Matt Barkley triumphantly returning for what was supposed to be his golden season.
We all know how that story ended.
In what can only be described as one of the most disappointing seasons in college football history, the Trojans came unglued toward the end of their regular season, losing four of their last five games. Then they capped off the humiliation with a loss in the Sun Bowl to underdog Georgia Tech.
The Trojans had a hallmark season, all right, just not in the way they intended.
This season looks to be bleak, as embattled head coach Lane Kiffin remains at the helm, much to the chagrin of many USC fans.
Their schedule is not particularly favorable either. The Trojans will face Arizona State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford and in-town rivals UCLA. And they will have to do it without star quarterback Matt Barkley, who limped (literally and figuratively) away to the NFL after the disappointing season.
The sole ray of light for the Trojans will be the return of star wide receiver Marqise Lee who hopes to have better luck than Barkley in the Heisman race this year. Last season Lee had 1,721 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
In order for Lee to work his magic, he will have to jibe with sophomore quarterback Max Wittek, which appeared to be a problem in their game against Notre Dame last season. Of course, none of this will really matter if Kiffin continues his bizarre, erratic play calling.
Until the Trojans dump Kiffin, expect them to be pretenders.