While USC still has a bowl game to play in, plenty of people are already looking ahead to the 2013 season. The Trojans opened this season as the No. 1 team in the country, but will face a number of questions heading into next season.
Garry Paskwietz of WeAreSC and ESPN.com outlined a few of the questions USC faces and it all starts with the offense. First and foremost, there is the question of who will play quarterback. Max Wittek showed positive signs against Notre Dame, but he will still compete with Cody Kessler and incoming freshman Max Browne for the job.
There is also the question of who Wittek, or whichever quarterback wins the job, will throw to. Leading receiver Marqise Lee will be back for his junior season, but junior Robert Woods could forgo his final season and enter the NFL draft. If Woods returns, the USC offense could be potent with Silas Redd also expected back as the No. 1 running back.
There will also be plenty of questions on the defensive side both in terms of players and scheme. Changes among the defensive coaches are expected. Whoever the coaches are, they will likely have to find new starters in the secondary and along the defensive line.
The Trojans entered this season with high expectations, but lost four of their final five regular season games. Another lackluster season could put Lane Kiffin's job in jeopardy. All of these factors should lead to an interesting offseason and spring football session for the Trojans.