A new era begins for the Trojans as they welcome Steve Sarkisian as the top dog to lead the men of Troy in 2014 and beyond.
Circling back to his roots, Sarkisian takes over a program that finished 10-4 last year, a season that was as tumultuous as any in recent memory.
Now Sark and company prepare to embark on a new journey, and people are waiting to see exactly how USC fares this year.
This slideshow will look at obstacles that face the men of Troy in 2014 and how that schedule shapes up in terms of how difficult the road is in front of them.
Can USC improve on last year's record?
Here is what they have to surmount if they hope to do so.
Note: Rankings are based on the quality of the team scheduled, the venue and the number of returning players. The slideshow is rated from easiest to toughest opponents.