In the annals of Trojan lore, you’d likely find more fun seasons, more heartbreaking seasons, and more exciting seasons. However, it would be hard to locate one quite as unique as the one USC played out this fall.
Between a merry-go-round of coaching changes, protracted position battles, an ever-increasing injury list, unlikely victories, crushing defeats, and a trip to Sin City, 2013 was a season to remember.
So remember it we will with a look back at all the storylines that induced hair-pulling, booing, cheering and even tears.
10) The Quarterback Battle
It was the top storyline of the offseason and it stayed the top storyline through the first couple of weeks of the season: Which quarterback was most fit to lead the Trojans?
As it turned out, Cody Kessler won the job after splitting time with Max Wittek in the win over Hawaii and the loss to Washington State.
The battle likely contributed to both the early-season loss and the eventual firing of Lane Kiffin, whose preference for Wittek’s arm was well-known even though Kessler was touted as the more suitable choice by observers of fall camp.
Beyond that, the uncertainty at quarterback probably set back the USC offense weeks, as neither could develop a rapport with receivers and both lacked confidence, handcuffed by an offense which suited neither of them.