Things were actually going better more recently for Kiffin, though USC's 10-2 campaign in 2011 now seems like an eternity ago. The Trojans finished the 2012 season by losing five of their final six games. At the time, things didn't seem like they could get any worse for USC after its 21-7 Sun Bowl loss to 6-7 Georgia Tech. Whoops.
• Wisconsin at Arizona State, Saturday (10:30 ET): We should learn a lot from this one about a pair of teams lurking as dark horses in their respective conferences, though both of which have yet to play any notable competition. Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly can make a name for himself if he shreds standout linebacker Chris Borland and the Badgers.