Who's No. 1? Why not USC?

With Matt Barkley returning and plenty of weapons around him, Trojans are stacked

Updated: January 10, 2012, 11:11 AM ET
By Garry Paskwietz | We Are SC
LOS ANGELES -- With the national championship game now in the rear view mirror, it's time to turn the attention to 2012 and some lofty preseason expectations for the Trojans.

[+] EnlargeCurtis McNeal
Jayne Kamin-Oncea/US PresswireWhile all the hype is about Matt Barkley and the USC passing attack, the Trojans return a 1,000-yard rusher in Curtis McNeal as well.
With Matt Barkley at the controls and a ton of talent surrounding him, the Trojans will likely be among the top 3-4 teams in most early polls. There is even some speculation that USC could find itself in the top spot.

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