Can OU, FSU, Oregon avoid USC's fate? 

September, 19, 2012

JonesJim Cowsert/US PresswireLandry Jones will have to step up his game against Kansas State this weekend.
It didn't take long for the national championship picture to change shape. USC isn't out of it -- it's September; no one this side of Colorado is -- but the Trojans' hopes took a significant hit Saturday at Stanford.

Lane Kiffin's team, primarily because of its star power on offense, was thought to be the lead contender in providing America with a champion outside of the SEC. Then it actually played someone.
Hawaii and Syracuse revealed something about the Trojans, but Stanford exposed weaknesses -- like the O-line's inability to protect Matt Barkley -- that weren't even previously perceived.