The University of Southern California glory days are soon to come once again. In a recent poll by Bovada, the Trojans have 18 to 1 odds to win the national championship. They are favored to be the biggest threat in the Pac-12 conference, which has a lot of upside to it this year.
Teams like Arizona, Arizona State, and Washington are stepping up and providing intense competition to be possible contenders in the Pac-12. Teams such as Oregon, UCLA, and Stanford have lost phenomenal playmakers due to the draft but will be bringing back young leaders to compete for the title.
Coach Sarkisian brings back a team that is loaded with talent and has plenty of weapons on both sides of the ball. With Heisman candidate Cody Kessler being the field general on offense and Lott Trophy watchlist linebacker Su’a Cravens controlling the defense, the Trojans have very high chances at dominating any team they face.
Oregon will have their hands full with the departure of Marcus Mariota and will have to go to the drawing board on offense. Their odds of winning the national championship are 22 to 1. UCLA will have to do some soul searching to do as they lost their electrifying dual-threat quarterback Brett Hundley and anchor on the defense, middle linebacker Eric Kendricks. The Bruins odds are 28 to 1 despite returning a lot of talent on the defensive side. Stanford will have to defend more than they have to score if they want to be contenders in the Pac-12. The Cardinal loses their star tackle Andrus Peat, wide receiver Ty Montgomery, safety Jordan Richards, and defensive back Alex Carter. Stanford’s odds at winning are slight, standing at 33 to 1.
USC has the perfect opportunity to seize the moment and reclaim their identity as the top of the conference. If the Trojans can play sound offense and physical defense, look for the Trojans to take the Pac-12 title and be a top ten team in the AP Poll by the end of this year.