Before we start this slideshow, let me clarify something that you may already be thinking:
Any loss for the Trojans in this or any other year has the potential to ruin their college football season—that is the cost of defeat for a proud program such as USC.
Having put that profound truism to bed, the purpose of this slideshow isn't necessarily to state the obvious but rather offer some games that USC would really, really hate to lose.
The criteria for inclusion in this slideshow varies from logistically important games within the conference to traditionally critical games that bear historic significance.
While each and every game is important and the Trojans will strive to win them all, there are some games that are crucial for USC to win.
And here they are...