If you follow college football at all, or even turn to ESPN on your TV every once in a while, you've undoubtedly heard of the new sanctions levied against USC and the ramifications they have.
With the departure of Pete Carroll, and the ineligibility of a postseason game, USC's program is facing several doubts.
The foundation for the Trojans will be whatever is left. Lane Kiffin is an established coach with some talent at his disposal, but he will have a challenge to command respect while his program rebuilds, and the loss of 30 scholarships will limit his options.
It is certainly strange and unusual to see USC finishing in the middle of the Pac-10 last season, but it may become the norm over the next few seasons in the aftermath of the Pete Carroll era.
This game will be highly publicized, and Oregon State will have to play well to impress viewers. This may be the Beavers' year, given they have been the penny on the Championship tracks for the Trojans in recent years.
With the USC program depleted, it might open the door for a victory at Reser Stadium for the home black and orange. Despite most analysts still picking USC to finish near the top in the Pac-10, I still maintain the belief that they will finish near the middle, and OSU will be victorious in 2010.
Oregon State 27, USC 13