2014 will be a difficult year for the Trojans given their well-known depth issues due to the just-completed sanctions that cost them 30 scholarships over the last three years.
To make things even more problematic for USC is the fact that they will be playing a very difficult schedule this year in a Pac-12 conference that features no less than six teams ranked in the USA Today coaches preseason poll.
Along the way, the Trojans will face several top quarterbacks on their schedule and, despite having a top-notch defense, these gunslingers will present major challenges for the men of Troy.
This slideshow will take a look at the quarterbacks the Trojans will face in 2014 and rank them in terms of the obstacles they present to Justin Wilcox's defense.
Although USC will see many top quarterbacks this year and all will present hurdles for the defense to surmount, here are the five who are the best on the Trojans' 2014 schedule.
Note: Rankings are predicated on the quality of the quarterback, teams the quarterbacks play for and, to a lesser extent, the venue where the game will take place.