I'll keep this short and sweet, as Jebus knows the media has wasted a kajillion keystrokes hyping this game.
No hometown bias, just simple facts. USC doesn't play defense, nor have they faced a tough defense themselves. They struggled to beat Fresno State and ASU and needed two near-miracles to beat Notre Dame. They largely faced pass-happy teams that couldn't sustain long, churning drives to keep the USC offense off the field.