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25. USC

The last time the Trojans did as poorly as their 8-5 finish in 2010, it was Pete Carroll's first year on the job and George W. Bush was just getting the hang of his White House post. 2001 seems a long time ago. Luckily for second-year coach Lane Kiffin, Carroll set a precedent for transitioning from first-year mediocrity to second-year dominance, going from 6-6 to 11-2 in two seasons. Such a meteoric improvement might be a little out of reach for a team that lost two early-entry players to the NFL draft, but the talented (and optimistic) tandem of quarterback Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods insists otherwise, and the two should be able to lead USC to some success in 2011. -- Pedro Moura, ESPNLA.com