One splash of cold water

Just a couple major questions for USC before booking that BCS trip

Updated: August 6, 2012, 8:32 AM ET
By Steve Bisheff | WeAreSC
LOS ANGELES -- The Dark Knight hasn't been the only thing rising around here this summer. USC's football expectations have been rising right along with him.

Not that any of it was unexpected once Matt Barkley made his now famous return announcement back in December, turning so many skeptical boosters into gushing die-hards again.