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USC's calm before the storm

The schedule appears to be soft early. But make no mistake, it's tough later

Updated: September 12, 2010, 3:10 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The best thing USC fans have going for them right now is one warm, comforting thought in a summer of cold humiliations: By the time their team actually plays somebody capable of hurting it, it could know who it is.

Rarely has there been a better time for a soft early schedule. A fluffy September might -- emphasis on might -- buy this team enough time to grow up before the other adults reach the arena.

Right now, the Trojans are not making much of an impression ...

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