Trojans have to temper expectations

Showdown with Utah will reveal whether this team can reach nine wins or more

Updated: September 5, 2011, 10:50 AM ET
By Jeremy Hogue | We Are SC
Success is a relative term & relative to expectations. If you exceed expectations, then you have been successful. So whenever you define success, setting expectations becomes the hard part, and for a team like USC, there will be lots of different opinions, especially after an ugly win against Minnesota.

I sit in front of a guy at the Coliseum who seems to expect John Robinson's late 1970s and early 1980s teams to run out of the tunnel each week. Always disappointed that Marcus Allen isn't in the backfield carrying the ball 20 times a quarter, he resides in a state of never-ending disappointment. And while I personally believe high expectations by fans and alumni are good for USC and will ensure that the proper pressure is always applied, the question becomes: What are realistic expectations for 2011?