Saying hello to the bye

With the bye week here, we break down USC's season through four games

Updated: September 26, 2012, 1:16 PM ET
By Garry Paskwietz | WeAreSC
LOS ANGELES -- The Trojans enter the bye week at 3-1 overall, 1-1 in the Pac-12. There's certainly nothing wrong with that record -- it brings with it a No. 13 national ranking in the AP poll -- but it's not where the Trojans were hoping to be at the moment.

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Let's face it, the Trojans planned to be sitting at the bye with a 4-0 record and no worse than a No. 2 ranking. The loss at Stanford was a cold dose of reality for a team that genuinely felt capable of making a run at the national title. It's always nice to have a bit of luck if you want to set such lofty goals, but the Trojans had some bad timing in that department with injuries to Khaled Holmes and Andre Heidari. The season will likely show that a seven-point loss on the road to the Cardinal is nothing to be ashamed of. And one has to give credit to Stanford for the job it did to get the win, but the absence of those two players was definitely critical in impacting the game.

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