Loss highlights USC's mediocrity

After loss to Arizona State Saturday, it's obvious that USC is a middle-of-the-road team

Updated: September 26, 2011, 11:45 AM ET
By Steve Bisheff | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- When it was over, when the ill wind that blew through the Arizona desert on Saturday night finally subsided, the USC Trojans were left standing there with their real identity exposed for all of us to see.

Contrary to what some tried to believe after they got by those three less-than-enthralling opponents at the top of their schedule, they aren't a top-10 team. They aren't a top-20 team. They aren't even a top contender in their crowded, new 12-team conference.