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Lane Kiffin (USC_Athletics) Since the turn of the new millennium USC was a power house that could not be matched.  At the time, if you were to say 13 years later, they would be a run of the mill, mediocre team, you would have be slapped in the forehead.  However, three weeks into the season this team is coming very close to becoming a laughing stock in the PAC 12. It has been an absolute letdown for the program who, last year, was ranked preseason No. 1 and went on to go 7-6 for the year.  Lane Kiffin is almost as puzzled as the fans as to what is taking place on the field.  When you think of USC you think of 10-11 win seasons and a BCS bowl appearance, but we haven’t come close to even smelling a bowl game. USC has started off 2-1, but with a loss to Washington State and despicable play in the other two games have people calling for the job of Lane Kiffin.  It seems fans across the country think it is time for a change even though this program has consistently brought in top recruiting classes.  The problem is, they haven’t shown top performance on the field.  A complete overhaul and fresh starts could be a good thing for this traditional power house, as recruits around the country are taking notice of the struggles of each team and that could start to affect who comes to each school. Overhaul or minor tweaks, we know thing is for sure, the SEC is not slowing down and is getting better and better every year.  With programs like Ohio State, Florida State, Oregon and of course Alabama setting the bar, improvement needs to made and needs to be made quickly.  It isn’t like college football to have USC struggle, and it is better for the game when USC is competing for a national championship.   Looking Ahead USC leads the series against Utah State 4-0 but this is the first meeting since 1989.  The average margin in those four Trojans wins was 46 points.  USC QB Cody Kessler was much better last week in the 35-7 win over Boston College where he completed 15 of 17 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns.  After barely missing on a bomb on the game’s first play, he then completed his next 14 passes.  USC’s defense is ranked in the national top 10 in rushing defense, sacks, total defense, interceptions, pass efficiency defense, tackles for loss and scoring defense. This week, the Trojans defense will have no excuse but to be flat-out stellar defending the dual option threats coming their way.  This will place tremendous pressure on the banged up secondary that has played outstanding while rotating in a slew of fronts early on this season. This most recent scoring outburst propelled USC to scoring at least 30 points in 91 of its last 137 games, including two out of the three games this season, both of which resulted in sound victories.  The Aggies meanwhile, have not struggled to score the football, putting up at least 26 in all three games this season, including a 70-point thumping over FCS Weber State just last weekend and in the process, Utah State has only allowed 18.7 PPG (18th Overall).   Stay in touch with the most passionate staff in the business by following us via Twitter @SRSoCal.  You can also follow JA Dukes at @TheJADUKES.
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