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Pac-10 Best/Worst Case Scenarios: #4 USC

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01:  Head coach Lane Kiffin gives instructions in the offensive huddle during the  USC Trojans spring game on  May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 01: Head coach Lane Kiffin gives instructions in the offensive huddle during the USC Trojans spring game on May 1, 2010 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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This is seventh in a series looking at potential dream and nightmare scenarios for all Pac-10 teams, starting at the bottom and working up from my 2010 predictions. If you aren't familiar with Ted Miller's Best/Worst Case Scenario Posts, then you definitely need to check them out

Understand: These are NOT predictions. They are extreme scenarios and pieces of fiction.


Scenarios after the break. 

BEST CASE 

The Trojans open up with the Hawaii Warriors on National TV. Since USC will not be going to a Bowl Game, they treat a trip to Hawaii as one and it shows. SC jumps out to an early 14-0 lead and never looks back. The final score is 44-17.

After blowing out the Virginia Cavaliers, USC heads to Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The score is tied at Halftime, but Matt Barkley throws two 2nd Half Touchdowns and the Trojans win it 37-27.

After beating both the Washington schools, the Trojans head up the coast to take on Stanford. The game goes back and forth all night long, but the Trojans end up winning 28-21 because they have the ball last.

Following the Stanford Game, the Trojans return to the Coliseum for a three game home-stand against California, Oregon, and Arizona State. Cal QB Kevin Riley has the second worst game of his career (Don't forget 2007 Oregon State) and USC improves to 7-0 on the season with a 23-3 Win.

The Ducks come into the game realing after the loss of Starting QB Nate Costa. A starstruck Darron Thomas throws two Pic-6's, and Oregon is sent back to Eugene with a 33-10 Loss.

After blowing out Arizona State, the trojans embark on arguably the toughest two game road trip in College Football: Arizona and Oregon State. The Wildcats and Trojans go back and forth, and at Halftime Arizona leads it 20-13. UA holds on for the 34-27 Win, and USC drops to 9-1 on the year.

An angry Trojan team takes an early 7-0 lead in Corvallis, but find themselves trailing 14-7 at Halftime. But Matt Barkley throws two 2nd Half Touchdown's, and USC escapes Corvallis with a 31-28 Win.

Next up for the Trojans is a visit from Notre Dame. Experts around the country are putting USC on Upset Alert, but they shut them up early on. SC takes a 17-0 lead into the Locker Rooms, and the final score is 30-10.

The season ends with a trip to the Rose Bowl to take on rival UCLA. SC is treating this as their bowl game, and it shows. The Trojans take a 20-3 lead into the Half. The Bruins try to mount a late rally, but they end up losing 27-20.

USC finishes the year 12-1, ranked 3rd in the AP Poll, and Matt Barkley is the Heisman Runner Up.

WORST CASE

USC opens up the season in Hawaii, and the change of Time Zone hurts them. The play flat for three quarters, and when the final buzzer sounds they find themselves with a 30-20 loss. A big win against Virginia lifts their spirits, but they get knocked out of the Top 25 when they lose the next week at Minnesota.

With Trojans Fans already calling for Kiffin to be fired, USC rolls off a four game winning streak to put their record at 5-2. The Trojans suffer a tough loss against the Ducks, but bounce back the next week with a blowout win against the Sun Devils.

Next up are the trips to Arizona and Oregon State. They play well against both teams, but Arizona kicks a game winning Field Goal to beat them, and the Beavers get a Jacquizz Rodgers Touchdown in the final 30 Seconds to give them their second straight loss.

Sitting at 6-5, SC heads into their final two games against Notre Dame and UCLA. They don't go so well. After a last minute loss to the Fighting Irish, the Bruins pull off the Upset of the Century and beat USC 31-20.

USC finishes the year with a 6-7 Record. To make matters worse, Lane Kiffin is discovered to have made numerous recruiting violations throughout the year. The NCAA will review the violations in February.