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Bowl projections 2012: USC headed for Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl matchup vs. Navy

The Trojans wouldn't have to travel far to face the Midshipmen in San Francisco.

Harry How

When the season started, the USC Trojans had aspirations of a national championship. They began the season as the preseason No. 1 team in the country and had a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback in Matt Barkley. It seemed like their year.

Then the year actually happened, the Trojans lost too many games and now they sit as the projected Pac-12 representative in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Navy in San Francisco, according to CBS Sports.

The Trojans have lost three of their last four games, including a 38-28 loss to the UCLA Bruins on Saturday. They finish their regular season against the top-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Navy has won six of their past seven games and finish their regular season against Army on Dec. 8. Navy has the sixth-best rushing attack in the country with 285.5 yards per game and are 7-4 overall.

Though Navy is guaranteed a spot in the bowl, having the Trojans as the opponent and their following making the relatively short trip north to the Bay Area, the game could have a strong USC crowd.