Kiffin's big test

Getting his team ready for the Sun Bowl will show Lane Kiffin's leadership

Updated: December 6, 2012, 10:36 AM ET
By Greg Katz | WeAreSC
LOS ANGELES -- After being banned from bowl play in 2010 and 2011, the 2012 USC Trojans were giddy at the thought of returning to the fun and excitement of postseason play.

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Harry How/Getty ImagesLane Kiffin has a tall order getting the Trojans motivated for the Sun Bowl after starting the year ranked No. 1.
But USC's dreams of landing in the Discover BCS National Championship Game on January 7 in swinging Miami have been replaced by the reality of the Hyundai Sun Bowl in the not-so-swinging West Texas town of El Paso on New Year's Eve.

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