In order to return to prominence in college football, success in 2013 is absolutely crucial for the men of Troy.
Coming off of a disastrous 2012 campaign which saw the Trojans stumble to a 7-6 season when many felt they would contend for the national championship, head coach Lane Kiffin and his staff will attempt to turn his team around in a year where his job will likely depend on it.
To do so, USC will have to overcome a schedule that provides some challenges but overall is set up nicely to provide the Trojans with some fairly easy notches on the win column.
This slideshow will look at the upcoming slate of games that the Cardinal and Gold have in front of them and power rank the individual teams in terms of the challenge they provide, from easiest to most difficult.
USC simply can't afford to stumble often this year. In their pursuit of a return to prominence, here is what they have to face in 2013.
Teams are ranked based on strength of conference, 2012 season results, venue of play and strength of team returning, among other considerations.