College Football is just under two months away from kicking off the start of Fall Camp practices, but the Trojans possibly daunting schedule presents a unique opportunity to make an early statement in the national rankings.
Looking deeper into USC's 12-game schedule this season, the Trojans face the TOUGHEST non-conference schedule in the Pac-12 according to many experts across the college football landscape while also traveling to Stanford in the second week of the season and cross-town rival UCLA during the regular season slate.
THE RANKINGS ARE AS FOLLOWS
1. Southern Cal: Fresno State, at Boston College, Notre Dame.
2. UCLA: at Virginia, Memphis, at Texas.
3. Utah: Idaho State, Fresno State, Michigan.
4. California: at Northwestern, Sacramento State, Brigham Young.
5. Oregon: South Dakota, Michigan State, Wyoming.
6. Stanford: Cal-Davis, Army, at Notre Dame.
7. Arizona State: Weber State, at New Mexico, Notre Dame.
8. Washington State: Rutgers, at Nevada, Portland State.
9. Washington: at Hawaii, Eastern Washington, Illinois, Georgia State.
10. Arizona: Nevada-Las Vegas, at Texas-San Antonio, Nevada.
11. Colorado: Colorado State in Denver, at Massachusetts, Hawaii.
12. Oregon State: Portland State, at Hawaii, San Diego State.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE NON CONFERENCE
Football and basketball's upcoming schedules are finally coming to fruition, which means we can spend the next 90 or so days breaking down each and every contest leading up to opening kickoff against Fresno State in the Coliseum.
Since football could be in the discussion for possible meetings with SEC foes Texas A&M (although these talks are mostly dead) or Alabama in the years to come, we shift focus to the other end of the spectrum where the basketball squad will be looking to accumulate as many wins as they can before hitting the Pac-12 schedule.
USC has released the updated list of upcoming opponents for men's basketball in the second season under head coach Andy Enfield, and it comes off as very vanilla. The Trojans started off strong last season, getting off to an undefeated six-straight wins at the Galen Center, but sadly crashed into hard times during Pac-12 play (2-16 overall) resulting in the team's third-straight losing season.
HOME GAMES: Portland State, Tennessee Tech, Cal State Fullerton, Loyola Marymount, Utah State, Army and Vermont.
ROAD GAMES: Boston College and New Mexico and the College of Charleston Tournament.