Matt Barkley

1. USC

The Trojans return from a two-year bowl ban with a team many people think is capable of winning the national title. There is a lot of offensive firepower, led by Heisman Trophy-favorite quarterback Matt Barkley, who is joined by pair of 1,000-yard running backs (counting the recent transfer of Silas Redd from Penn State), a pair of 1,000-yard receivers and four offensive line starters. The back seven of the defense also returns intact. Depth issues could be a factor due to sanctions-imposed roster limits, but with 19 total returning starters (including kickers), there still is plenty of talent to make a run. USC faces Oregon at home Nov. 3 and could play the Ducks again in the Pac-12 title game Dec. 1. -- Garry Paskwietz, WeAreSC