Will ‘SC be back?
The Trojans, at the very least, will be fun to watch next fall. Arizona State, Arizona and even Utah have been the popular picks by many to win the South division, but Lane Kiffin’s squad could easily ascent to the top of the standings if the much-maligned defense can play better in its second season under coordinator Monte Kiffin. Despite missing many of its best defenders this spring, the unit outshined its counterpart led by quarterback Matt Barkley, who was without his full complement of receivers.
This should be a successful year for ‘SC fans even if it is shut out of the postseason. Could they become bowl-eligible? I don’t see how the NCAA ultimately grants it when the governing body rules on the school’s appeal of sanctions. But no matter what, this is still a talented team — if it is able to get back to full strength.