Back in August, it's safe to assume the players on this season's USC team likely envisioned they'd be gearing up for the Discover BCS National Championship right about now, or the Rose Bowl at the very least. After all, with a preseason No. 1 ranking and a roster filled to the brim with talent, there was reason to believe that the 2012 campaign would be a special one for USC coach Lane Kiffin and staff.
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