Second-half outlook: USC

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

USC Trojans

Record: 5-1, 2-1

Will Washington prove to be the only bump in the road for USC? And if USC rolls to an 11-1 record, will it play its way into the national title game? Or will we see the Trojans matched up again (sigh) with a Big Ten team in the Rose Bowl? It might be more fun if the Trojans lost to Oregon on Oct. 31 and then won out and earned an at-large invitation to another BCS bowl game. It seems like a massive long shot, given the selection procedure, but just picture USC vs. Florida/Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Yummy!

Remaining schedule: Oregon State, at Oregon, at Arizona State, Stanford, UCLA, Arizona

Best-case scenario: The Trojans roll through the remaining schedule, getting progressively better each week on both sides of the ball, and the rest of the top 10 throws up all over itself. Lo and behold, on Dec. 6, it's USC vs. the SEC champion in the BCS title game. In Pasadena. Huge grins break out across the Pac-10.

Worst-case scenario: The Trojans lose two games down the stretch -- including a massive upset at home against rival UCLA -- and a seven-year run of BCS bowls ends with USC in the Holiday Bowl.

Prediction: Rose Bowl.