With the 2013 college football season fast approaching, USC fans are looking forward to removing the bitter taste of 2012 from their collective memories.
However, in order to make these visions of grandeur to come true, the Trojans will have some significant obstacles to overcome, including replacing their four-year starter at quarterback, Matt Barkley.
And that's not all.
Record-setting wide receiver Robert Woods, center Khaled Holmes and safety T.J. McDonald will also be among a number of important players who have bid USC adieu.
In addition, unlike most years, not much is expected from head coach Lane Kiffin's crew as they head into the season as only one of a few teams that are vying for the Pac-12 South championship.
But all is not lost, Trojan fans.
USC still has a lot going for it this year, and there are reasons for hope for those who follow the men of Troy.
In fact, here are five of them...