In their most recent issue Sports Illustrated magazine listed 5 college football teams on the rise and 5 on the decline with the Trojans getting the nod as the #1 team on the rise.
Five teams on the rise
1. USC - Defense, led by senior safety Troy Polamalu, is very good. If the Trojans can run the ball at all, watch out.
2. Penn State
Five teams on the decline
4. North Carolina
5. UCLA - Tough to see how Bruins rebound after turning 6-0 start last year into 7-4, especially with a young defense.