The· USC Trojan I wasn’t even sure if they would play this year.The· Pac-12 Initially decided to explore winter or spring football, but eventually seven games as national conferences and commissioners worked with medical professionals to sort out various COVID-19 complications. It has been decided to start the schedule for. November 7th.
It is undeniable that the USC schedule is far more favorable than it was at the beginning of the year. The Trojan was supposed to play Alabama and Oregon, all of which replaced the slate of six known opponents (Pac-12 was December 19 by all teams except the Division Champion. We plan to play crossover opponents on a daily basis.) We can claim that the toughest home opponent is Oregon and the toughest road opponent is Utah. It’s a significantly different schedule than the one the USC would have faced.
So what does that mean for Trojan horses? Well, that means they have pieces, players, and coaching staff to run this year. Many experts expect them to beat the Pac-12 South, and some believe they can make a national title game. Of course, deciding which four teams will get the chance in this strange season will be the most difficult task the College Football Playoff Selection Committee has ever experienced. I’m not jealous.
But there is a real chance that USC will run the table and make a Pac-12 Championship game. Most of the games played by Trojans are very schedule-friendly. The USC at the opener on November 7th and the 9am local start time in Arizona could also add spice to the recipe. Its start time will affect one of these teams.
Trojans are returning a great many defending players. There are many new people on both the offensive and defensive lines, but they are still really talented and there are leaders behind those new people to help them adapt to them new roles. It should not be long before these units gel.
So what are your expectations for Troy’s men during what’s going to be called the pandemic season? Athlon has asked several editors and one of its college football contributors to share a realistic USC win / loss forecast for 2020.
2020 USC Football Game-by-Game Forecast
Stephen Rassan (@AthlonSteven)
It’s hard to predict what will happen with the Pac-12’s six-game slate, but it should be a favorite for USC to win the South Division. Coach Clay Helton’s team will return the conference’s top quarterback (Kedon Slovis), along with one of the country’s top receiving corps. The attack line is an ongoing task, but we will work on Alijah Vera-Tucker and return to the season to protect the blind side of Slovis. Todd Orlando manages the mission of the Defense Coordinator and may help an experienced group (9 repeaters) facilitate an unusual off-season transition. The road trip to Utah and Home Opener vs. Arizona State University is expected to be the toughest match in the 2020 slate.
Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR)
It may be a lighter schedule than originally expected, but it’s still an important season for Clay Helton’s USC tenure. The good news for Helton is that at least the road to the advent of the Pac-12 Championship game is manageable. The Trojan will open at Arizona State University, a top competitor for the Pac-12 South title, but the game is played at home and the USC has enough firepower to rival Sun Devils. .. There is a question about how attack lines and defenses work under the new coordinator Todd Orlando, but the Trojans go to Kedon Slovis and the talented stability of skill positions takes them. Let’s do it. To that end, the only other game that stands out on the schedule is a road trip to Salt Lake City, where you’ll face the Utah team, which will replace the 12 starters (mostly defending starters). Given Troy’s track record under Helton, it seems dangerous to say that USC runs a table, but perhaps 2020 is their year.
Josh Webb (@FightOnTwist)
This year is a very rare year for the USC Trojans football team. Initially, Trojan horses were expected to reach a year, but the coronavirus seems to have put those plans on hold. If there is a shortage of teams, it turns out that it is more important for USC to create a normal feeling and deal with meeting issues than to dismiss head coach Clay Helton later this year. Given that this year is rocking in the college football world, it doesn’t look like too many coaches are stepping in for the results of this season. It’s a season that is too difficult for such behavior. That said, the USC seems to have as great an opportunity as it had to play the College Football Playoffs. The final Pac-12 champion will play a total of seven games, and USC’s toughest match seems to be against Arizona State University to start the season. It’s going to be interesting this year, but when the season starts on November 7, you’ll know exactly how ready this team is, including the new defensive coordinator.