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My 2016 Season Prediction for USC

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It’s that time of year. It’s the time right before the beginning of the season where all we can debate are the predictions that various media outlets create. So without further ado, here is my season prediction for the USC Trojans:

Side note: Last year, I predicted USC to go 10-3 and win the Pac-12 South....

So you don't have to go to the very bottom and see my prediction, I think the winner of the USC/UCLA game wins the Pac-12 South and I believe for the second year in the row, it will be the Trojans. USC will end Clay Helton’s first full season as head coach with a 10-4 record (USC loses the Pac-12 Championship game and wins their bowl game).

Here’s why....

In my 22 years of life and my 15.5 years of full understanding of USC football, the Trojans do a lot better when they are “underdogs” and people are counting them out this year. USC is predicted to go 7-5 by various outlets and I think this is playing into the Trojans favor.

On offense, this team should score close to 40 points per game. Max Browne easily has the best arm of any USC quarterback since Carson Palmer and the two-headed monster of Justin Davis and Ronald Jones II should combine for 2,000 yards on the ground this year. JuJu Smith-Schuster should win the Biletnikoff Award and the offense line should be better than last year with almost everybody returning. Sure, Browne is going to struggle a little bit but I think he is going to have an “eye-opening” season for a lot of people.

Now the defense... The question marks...

Clancy Pendergast is back with his superb defense schemes but how will he work with such an inexperienced defensive line? That might be the biggest question mark of the season. The sophomore duo of Porter Gustin and Cameron Smith will be great to watch as will be the swagger of Adoree’ Jackson and “Biggie” Marshall. Plus a couple of true freshmen like Jack Jones and Connor Murphy will be breakout stars.

The schedule is daunting but you never know what will happen and a potential 4-0 October should really benefit the Trojans.

What do you think? Comment below.