If you look at the age of many of the most-talented players on USC's roster, you can easily make a case that in one year the Trojans will be ranked No. 1 in the nation.
There are a lot of third-year juniors and redshirt sophomores who will undoubtedly be better 12 months from now. But for precisely this reason, USC needs to treat this season as an all-or-nothing attempt to win a national title. Or at least make the College Football Playoff.