USC Trojans Football Season Preview History
2014 USC Football Preview:
If any team had an up and down year in 2013, it was USC. Lane Kiffen’s era as head coach of the Trojans came to an unceremonious end after a mediocre start. But USC rallied and put together one of the gutsiest wins of the season, beating eventual Pac-12 champion Stanford. The offseason saw the exit of ultra-talented Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, but also the introduction of Steve Sarkisian as head coach. Sarkisian inherits a team led by junior quarterback Cody Kessler and a defense anchored by middle linebacker Hayes Pullard. The Trojans defensive front 7 will likely be one of the best in the Pac-12, if not the country, and will look to maul opposing teams. The Pac-12 South Division may be decided by the Trojans first and last Pac-12 games. Week 2 USC will travel to Palo Alto to take on Stanford in a rematch of last year’s thriller. The Trojans will finish their Pac-12 schedule off with a trip across town to take on arch-rival UCLA. If USC wins both of those games, they will likely be present in the Pac-12 title game come December.
2011 USC Football Preview:
The Trojans are entering the 2011 season with plenty of lingering issues. First, they still have a year left on their NCAA probation. That led to number two—their lack of scholarship players. Lastly, they’re playing in their first year of PAC-12 South play, which brings in a new opponent (Colorado) and logistics. However, with a team under that much weight for past indiscretions, 2010 ended with eight wins, three losses within a combined seven points and a third-place Pac-10 finish. Head Coach Lane Kiffin has a lot to work with considering his situation, and is looking to improve in 2011, even with nine 2010 players now in the NFL.
It will all start and end with quarterback Matt Barkley. Last year he shone, throwing for 2,791 yards and 26 touchdowns, and along with tailback Marc Tyler’s nine scores, kept the scoreboard going. Alas, the Trojans’ receiving corps took a hit in the offseason, leaving Barkley a scant amount of targets to look for other than last year’s breakout freshman, Robert Woods. A depleted offensive line might be another one of those lingering issues, but Barkley’s experience should help alleviate that some.
On the defensive side, injuries are hurting the core of the team, with senior tackle Armond Armstead experiencing chest pains and senior Christian Tupou re-tweaking his knee. Along with linebackers, the defensive line could be experiencing more shifts than Kiffin would like, but with a secondary that boasts top tier talent with the likes of junior safety T.J. McDonald and sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey, everything should be set for a Trojan run for, if not pride, the top talent in the country.
2010 USC Football Preview:
When ticket holders turn out to watch USC Trojans football, they typically come with high expectations. In 2009, the team beat Boston College in the Emerald Bowl, and finished the season with a 9-4 record and a number 20 ranking in the Coaches Poll. While many teams only dream of these results, the season ended the Trojan's seven-year streak in which they won or shared the Pac-10 Conference Championship, reached a BCS bowl game and finished with a top 4 ranking in the AP Poll.
Clearly, the Trojans, under head coach Lane Kiffin, are looking to get back to the top of the standings in their 2010 campaign - and they have a few distinct advantages. USC is one of the few fortunate teams to have depth at quarterback, running back and on the defensive line. While QB Matt Barkley will retain his starting job after throwing 15 touchdowns last year, backup Mitch Mustain has shown that he's ready to step in when needed.
In addition, the Trojans are one of only two Pac-10 teams to retain all of their starting linebackers from last season, and will finally be able to start the talented cover corner Shareece Wright, now that he is healthy and academically eligible.
Beginning in September, USC's scheduled is dotted with exciting games against rivals like Stanford, Cal, UCLA and Notre Dame.
2009 USC Football Preview:
Head Coach: Pete Carroll
The story of the 2009 USC Trojans will likely be the same one that has played out the last few years in the land of Troy. USC loses some of their top players to the NFL draft, including their star quarterback; only to replace them with players of equal talent and keep on rolling. USC Head Coach Pete Carroll is the envy of every college football coach in America when it comes to recruiting. Carroll stockpiles talent on the Trojans roster, like most head coaches stockpile water bottles in the locker room. The good news for Trojans fans is that Carroll doesn't just collect 5-star talent to ride the pine, he gets them on the field early and often. Much of the success that USC has had over the past decade can be attributed to a willingness to play talented, young USC recruits. The 2009 season should be no difference for USC; led by a host of all-star players they'll play great football and be in the National Championship conversation the entire season.
2008 USC Football Preview:
Head Coach: Pete Carroll
The Trojans finished their powerful 2007 season with a win at the Rose Bowl, and are looking to get right back at it in 2008. Though the team is losing some key players for the 2008 season, the talent of this program surpasses any individual loss the team will face. The Trojans will need to replace thier former quarterback, John David Booty, but they already have an excellent pick for the position: Mark Sanchez. Though the team is losing the entire offensive line, the defense remains solid, with returning linebackers Brian Cushing and Rey Maualuga.
Look out for this USC team this season: they are going to make some big plays and are a main contender for a national championship. Head Coach Pete Carroll - two-time Pac-10 coach of the year - is about to unleash a mess of Trojans all over the scene, and they are going to conquer the weak. Be sure and grab some tickets to a USC game this year - this team is in its prime and is hungry for a big 'ol trophy!