Roundtable: Key 2013 conference games

The Trojans will need to get after Brett Hundley if they want to win a crucial Pac-12 battle with rival UCLA on Nov. 30. Harry How/Getty Images

The Trojans will be aiming for their first appearance in the Pac-12 title game this year. Which three conference games will be the most critical for the Trojans to win the Pac-12 South?

Garry Paskwietz

Sept. 28 at Arizona State

This will be the first conference game on the road and likely the first major test of the season. Even if the Trojans start off strong through the opening four games, the real indication of what kind of team USC has will start to be learned in Tempe. Not only are the Sun Devils returning a strong team capable of beating the Trojans, but this is the first of a tough three-game stretch that will also see Arizona visit the Coliseum on a Thursday night and then the annual trip to South Bend to face the Irish.