USC Trojans College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
It would’ve been a fun conversation to have.
What if USC beat Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship to go 6-0 with a Power Five conference title? Does it get that fourth spot in the College Football Playoff?
Considering the precedent set by the CFP committee – no unbeaten Power Five champ has ever been left out – maybe the Trojans get in, but that’s not really the point.
Of course it’s speculation – Oregon won 31-24 – but they almost certainly would’ve been annihilated by Alabama if they got the nod for that fourth spot. That’s the real problem.
This is USC. It’s supposed to do the annihilating.
The expectation every year isn’t just to make it to the conference title game. It’s supposed to get there and win it on the way to the College Football Playoff, and it hasn’t been able to take that extra step yet.
That’s probably not going to happen this year, either, but should be another terrific season.
Set The USC Trojans Regular Season Win Total At … 9
Kedon Slovis should be ready to take the high-powered passing game up a few notches, the lines are solid, the defensive back seven is full of NFL types, and the coaching staff should be relatively set after showing what might be possible.
And the schedule is a big help, too.
Who do you want to miss if you’re USC? Oregon and Washington.
The Utah game is at home, and while BYU, San Jose State, Stanford and UCLA are all dangerous – yeah, San Jose State was slipped in there – they’re all coming to United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Road trips to Notre Dame, Arizona State and Cal are going to be a problem – Colorado and Washington State might be a tad tricky, too – but that’s sort of the point.
Again, this is USC. It’s supposed to be good enough to roll through a slate like this, but that’s asking for a wee bit much. Getting to a third Pac-12 Championship in five years – and winning it – would be more than strong enough by any reasonable standards.
USC doesn’t do reasonable standards.
No, we didn’t get to have the College Football Playoff debate last year, but USC is way overdue to be in the discussion.