USC can't afford to be excited

Despite 2-0 record, USC is still searching for its ultimate identity

Updated: September 12, 2011, 1:02 PM ET
By Steve Bisheff | We Are SC
The nice thing is the record, 2-0. It sits there, admittedly a little wobbly, but still shining -- or is that winking? -- its way out of the darkness of USC's early sanction-shrouded season.

The next question is the interesting one, though: What does it really mean? "We don't put people away," Trojans coach Lane Kiffin said, "but we're 2-0 and in first place in the South." That's the new Pac-12 Southern Division, and although the Trojans aren't eligible to play in the conference championship game, they'd love to finish on top in the South and force the second-place team to engage Stanford or Oregon, or whomever captures the Northern Division.