Midseason breakdown

The standouts, surprises and areas of concern from USC's first half

Updated: October 17, 2012, 1:23 PM ET
By Garry Paskwietz | WeAreSC
Trojans defensive players Steven Bisig/US PresswwireEveryone knew about USC's explosive offense coming into the season, but the Trojans ferocious defense has been a pleasant surprise.
As the Trojans reach the midway point of the 2012 season, there have been plenty of expected and unexpected developments from the season. Here's a look at some of the top issues for the team:

Overall
The Expected: USC came into the season with hopes of being one of the nation's elite teams.
The Unexpected: An early-season loss on the road to Stanford took away the thought of an undefeated season, but there are still opportunities for a conference title and, with a little help, a national title.


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