As questions continue to swirl around the 2013 version of the men of Troy, one of the subplots underlying the season has to do with their embattled coach, Lane Kiffin.
With his job depending on the success of this season, it is reasonable to assume that anything less than significant improvement over last year's 7-6 squad will likely manifest in USC welcoming a new head man for 2014.
To be certain, Kiffin and his staff will have to mold this collection of Trojans into a cohesive, winning unit for a return invitation next year and beyond.
But does he have the talent to save his job and satiate a fanbase who demands excellence from a program that has experienced so much of that over the years?
This slideshow will look at the team overall by breaking down its constituent units and ranking them based on their relative strength, using talent and depth as barometers.
This year's USC Trojan football team is talented but not without its flaws. Now let's see which of these units are a strength and which might be a weakness.