USC is a huge favorite against UNLV and this game is really about forging an identity. Remember last year USC struggled against Western Michigan in the first game.
It won’t be as hot Saturday and UNLV might be worse but this is a game to boost JT Daniels’ confidence and get experience for young defensive players like cornerback Greg Johnson and safety Isaiah Pola-Mao.
I expect USC to look sloppy at times, especially since the coaching staff has not changed. But just how sloppy? If USC can appear to be look like an organized team, that is a step forward. But if it resembles the worst aspects of last year’s team, it will be an ominous start.
My pick: USC 34, UNLV 13
Who do you like?