The expectations for USC are totally different under Lincoln Riley.
So what defines success?
A Pac-12 title? A Rose Bowl victory? A College Football Playoff Appearance?
Is it all enough if USC doesn’t win a national title in the next 5 years?
Under Pete Carroll, some people got bored with Rose Bowls. At one point, even Carroll worried the players would tire of going to Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
A College Football Playoff appearance would thrill everyone. Ultimately, if USC does not win a national title, I suspect the feeling among most fans would be Mission Unaccomplished.