COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: #21 USC TROJANS FOOTBALL CAPSULE

HEAD COACH: Clay Helton (Fourth Season)

RECORD AT USC: 27 – 10

CAREER RECORD: 27 – 10

2017 RECORD: 11 – 3, 8 – 1 PAC 12

OFFENSIVE  COORDINATOR: Tee Martin

DEFENSIVE  COORDINATOR: Clancy Pendergast

STADIUM: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607)

 

FIVE – YEAR WINNING TREND

2013: 10 – 4

2014: 9 – 4

2015: 8 – 6

2016: 10 – 3

2017: 11 – 3

 

2018 SCHEDULE

September 1 UNLV

September 8 at Stanford

September 15 at Texas

September 21 Washington State

September 29 at Arizona

October 13 Colorado

October 20 at Utah

October 27 Arizona State

November 3 at Oregon State

November 10 California

November 17 at UCLA

November 24 Notre Dame

 

2017 RESULTS

Western Michigan 49 – 31

Stanford 42 – 24

Texas 27 – 24 OT

California 30 – 20

Washington state 27 – 30

Oregon State 38 – 10

Utah 28 – 27

Notre Dame 14 – 49

Arizona State 48 – 17

Arizona 49 – 35

Colorado 38 – 24

UCLA 28 – 23

Stanford 31 – 28

Ohio State 7 – 24

 

2017 STATS – OFFENSE

SCORING: 32.6

RUSHING: 185.1

PASSING: 299.0

TOTAL: 484.1

 

2017  – DEFENSE

SCORING: 26.1

RUSHING: 158.6

PASSING: 237.0

TOTAL: 395.6

 

RETURNING STARTERS OFFENSE: 6

WR Tyler Vaughns

LG Chris Brown

C Toa Lobendahn

RG Andrew Vorhees

RT Chuma Edoga

TE Tyler Petite

 

RETURNING STARTERS DEFENSE: 7

LB John Houston

LB Cameron Smith

LB Jordan Iosefa

CB Iman Marshall

CB Jack Jones

S Ajene Harrison

S Marvell Tell

 

2018 UNIT CONFERENCE RANKINGS

QB: 7

RB: 4

WR/TE: 3

OL: 3

DL: 2

LB: 1

DB: 2

 

PRE—SEASON PAC 12 SELECTIONS

C Toa Lobendahn (First Team)

AP Stephen Carr (Second Team)

WR Tyler Vaughn (Second Team)

CB James Marshall (Second Team)

KR Velus Jones (Second Team)

DL Christian Rector (First Team)

LB Cameron Smith (First Team)

S Marvell Tell (First Team)

OL Chuma Edoga (Third Team)

DL Porter Gustin (Third Team)

 

2017 CONFERENCE STANDINGS

NORTH

Stanford 7 – 2

Washington 7 – 2

Washington State 6 – 3

Oregon 4 – 5

California 2 – 7

Oregon State 0 – 9

 

SOUTH

USC 8 – 1

Arizona State 6 – 3

Arizona 5 – 4

UCLA 4 – 5

Utah 3 – 6

Colorado 2 – 7

 

RETURNING USC LEADERS

PASSING: Matt Fink, 6 – 9 – 43 – 0TD – 0INT

RUSHING: Stephen Carr, 65 – 363 – 3TD

RECEIVING: Tyler Vaughns, 57 – 809 – 5TD

TACKLES: Cameron Smith 112

SACKS: Christian Rector, 7.5

INTERCEPTIONS: Jack Jones, 4

 

2018 TOP RECRUITS

WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, Anaheim Hills, California

LB Palaie Gaoteote, Las Vegas, Nevada

QB JT Daniels, Irvine California

CB Olaijah Griffin, Long Beach, California

CB Isaac Taylor – Stuart, San Diego, California

WR Devon Williams, Lancaster, California

LB Solomon Tuliapupa, Santa Ana, California

DB Talanoa Hufanga, Corvallis, Oregon

C Justin Dedich, Temecula, California

CB Chase Williams, Corona, California

 

2018 PROJECTED RECORD: 9 – 4, 7 – 2 PAC 12

 

2018 BOWL PROJECTION: Holiday Bowl

 

2018 PRE—SEASON CONFERENCE PREDICTIONS

NORTH:

  1. Washington
  2. Stanford
  3. Oregon
  4. California
  5. Washington State
  6. Oregon State

 

SOUTH:

  1. USC
  2. Utah
  3. Arizona
  4. UCLA
  5. Colorado
  6. Arizona State

 

2018 CONFERENCE RECRUITING RANKINGS

  1. USC
  2. Washington
  3. Oregon
  4. UCLA
  5. Utah
  6. Arizona State
  7. Stanford
  8. California
  9. Washington State
  10. Colorado
  11. Arizona
  12. Oregon State

 

 

FINAL PREDICTION

USC should remain the favorites in the South division. The Trojans lost several key players to either graduation or the NFL, but they have talent remaining on their roster and head coach Clay Helton is the first coach in the program’s history to guide USC to 10 wins in each of his first two seasons. The schedule is difficult early with road games at Stanford, Texas and Arizona.