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Like it or not, USC football has become notorious for the early season conference road loss. Since 2002, the Trojans are 5-6 in Pac-10/12 road openers, including losses in four of the last five.

After the latest upset at Stanford, the national momentum has been to bury the Trojans aspirations of postseason glory, but in the past decade, USC has made its name by fighting out of a September hole.  As the saying goes, "The games to remember are played in November."

The Trojans will have more than a few chances this fall to remind the country that their pulse beats strong.  USC's last five regular season games feature No. 22 Arizona, No. 3 Oregon, Arizona St., No. 19 UCLA and No. 11 Notre Dame all before a potential Pac-12 Championship Game.

If the Trojans run the table, would it be enough to play for the national crown?  It was in 2003.  It would have been in 2006 if not for the loss to UCLA.  In 2008, 11-1 did not get it done. 

Of USC's 11 national championships, only four featured perfect records.  Of the last six BCS champions, only two went undefeated.

The truth is no one knows what it will take to make Miami.  The fun (or agony) is in the wait and see.

The Trojans do know the path to Pasadena.  It starts Saturday with a home contest against Cal followed by seven more conference games to determine the winner of the Pac-12 South and then a conference championship game.

Lane Kiffin summed up the feelings of the Trojan Family, "Saturday cannot come soon enough."


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