USC Prediction: What’s Going To Happen
It’ll be easy to dismiss this as a rebuilding year without so many of last year’s offensive stars, but everything is in place to make this another Pac-12 championship season – and even shoot for more.
Yeah, not having Sam Darnold, Ronald Jones, Deontay Burnett and Steven Mitchell hurts, but the offensive line is fantastic and the skill players are more than good enough to be ready for primetime.
The defense might lose a slew of last year’s most disruptive players, but the secondary will be a rock and the pass rushing production isn’t going to stop. If this isn’t he Pac-12’s best defense, it’ll be close.
It will be another double-digit win season, and in a transition year in the Pac-12 South, the Trojans will make it two trips in a row to the conference title game.
However, there will be just enough inconsistencies to not get through the season with fewer two losses – and that’s what matters on a larger scale. USC is supposed to be a regular in the College Football Playoff, and it won’t get there this time around.
But playing for a second straight Pac-12 title isn’t bad.
Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 8.5
The home slate shouldn’t be a problem. The Trojans will handle Washington State and Colorado, and while Cal and Notre Dame will be a push, those will be wins, too.
There’s no Washington or Oregon from the North, but going to Stanford to kick off the conference slate will be fun. They’ll lose two of the four dates against Stanford, Texas, Arizona and Utah, but they’ll get by UCLA for a ten-win regular season.