Here is how I size up USC at the moment.
PRIMARY STRENGTHS: USC brings back almost every starter from last season and is one of the most experienced teams in the Pac-12. Ten defensive players started at least six games last season. Jordan Iosefa, who redshirted, started nine games in 2018. There are also higher expectations because USC replaced two of the perceived weak links on the coaching staff (defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, special teams coach John Baxter).
POTENTIAL PROBLEMS: Will the coaching changes and experience overcome the fact Clay Helton is 13-12 the past two seasons? Will Helton be a distraction for the team? The offensive line had problems last season and might be worse this season. Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell was not always committed to the run last season and a lack of a balanced offense could hurt the Trojans.