USC has failed to live up to program expectations over the last few years. Under Lane Kiffin, interim head coach Ed Orgeron, and current coach Steve Sarkisian, the Trojans are 44-21, a pretty good mark for 95 percent of college football programs, but not a great run for the Trojans, who have claimed 11 national titles and 38 conference championships in program history. For reference, after a 6-6 mark in his first year at USC, Pete Carroll won 11 or 12 games in every season from 2002 to 2008. So has the post-Carroll era at USC been a lull? Probably, but the head coach of USC's archrival UCLA Bruins would never call USC a "down" program.
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This may be all semantics, but Mora has a point. Even "down" USC is pretty formidable. Of course, UCLA has knocked off USC for three straight years. USC has a lot of hype entering 2015, while UCLA will be transitioning out of the Brett Hundley era, but have a few young, interesting options at quarterback. This year's UCLA-USC game will be one of the most highly-anticipated contests of the Pac-12 season. The two sides will meet on November 28 at the Coliseum.