Preview 2018: USC Trojans. Get To The College Football Playoff Already

Preview 2018: USC Trojans. Get To The College Football Playoff Already

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Preview 2018: USC Trojans. Get To The College Football Playoff Already


Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the USC Trojans season with what you need to know.


Preview 2018: USC Trojans

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It’s sort of hard to be mad at a program after it won a Power Five conference championship, but …

Get to the College Football Playoff already.

It seems crazy, but USC hadn’t won any of the first six Pac-12 conference championship games, and then finally broke through after years of battling past the ridiculous Reggie Bush sanctions and with a few key coaching and administrative changes, but this is USC. It’s supposed to be playing for national championships.

But last year was a step. It might have been a slightly disappointing one after all the excitement built off the thrilling Rose Bowl win over Penn State to end the 2016 season, and with a superstar quarterback in Sam Darnold to lead the way, but the program got the Pac-12 Champion t-shirt.

And then, just as the momentum seemed to be building up again, and with the 49-14 clunker against Notre Dame well in the rearview mirror, Ohio State cared about the Cotton Bowl and USC looked like it still might have a little work to do.

Now, it’ll be easy to assume this is a bit of a rebuilding year. There’s no Darnold, there’s no Ronald Jones at running back, the schedule has a slew of tough road games,  there are a few key missing parts to the defensive puzzle, and …

Get to the College Football Playoff already.

But USC is probably going to start a true freshman at quarterback?

Yeah, and Georgia almost won a national championship with one, and Alabama put one in late to take the title. JT Daniels is every bit as good as Jake Fromm and Tua Tagovailoa.

But USC has to play Stanford, Texas, Arizona, Utah and UCLA on the road?

Yeah, but it doesn’t have to deal with Washington or Oregon, and really, if you can’t get through Stanford, Texas, Arizona, Utah and UCLA with just one loss – and then take care of home – you don’t belong in the College Football Playoff.

And this year’s USC team really might belong in the College Football Playoff.

It’s not like Daniels – assuming he’s the starter – is going to have worse turnover problems than Darnold did.

The receiving corps is great, the running backs are deep, and the O line that gets back four starters might just be the best in the Pac-12.

The defense loses a slew of key pass rushers, but it gets back a healthy Porter Gustin at one linebacker spot to go along with end Christian Rector to wreak havoc in opposing backfields.

The secondary – with Iman Marshall back at one corner gig and Marvell Tell leading the way at safety – will be a rock, and there’s more than enough talent and depth to fill in the gaps.

And now, Clay Helton goes from being Clay Helton to Pac-12 Championship  Winner Clay Helton. He has proven himself over the last few seasons, the recruiting has been strong, and the program has taken the necessary next steps to get back to the elite of the elite status.

Now get to the College Football Playoff already.

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