Question: College football preseason rankings are out and your beloved Trojans are, once again, No. 1. With the season-opener a mere four days away, what do you think the key will be to USC staying at the top?
Answer: First and foremost, with Dwayne Jarrett and Steve Smith off in NFL-land, junior Patrick Turner, red-shirt freshman David Ausberry and sophomore Vidal Hazelton will need to step up as Booty's go-to receivers. Secondly, the success or failure of our running game rests on the broad shoulders of one Chauncy Washington. Finally, with most of our big games being held in enemy territory this year Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Cal, to name a few our ability to tune out all those upset-hungry fans and stay focused on the game at hand will be critical.