USC’s Not Great At Football Scheduling

Someone asked me today if the USC-Notre Dame rivalry is safe now that adminstrators might try and schedule FCS teams for the first time.

They were joking but nothing USC does surprises me. I could see some spokesperson saying, “Modern demands make it difficult to play Notre Dame every season.”

But here is the real problem: USC has done a horrible job scheduling in recent years. Other schools have better home-and-home series. Colorado recently scheduled a home-and-home series with Florida in 2028-29.

Look at USC’s future schedules:

2019: Fresno State, BYU, Notre Dame

2020: Alabama, New Mexico, Notre Dame

2021: BYU, Notre Dame

2022: Rice, Fresno State, Notre Dame

2023: BYU, Notre Dame

2025: Fresno State

Now look at UCLA: Oklahoma (2019), LSU (2021), Michigan (2022), Michigan (2023), LSU (2024), Georgia (2025-26), Auburn (2027-28) and Wisconsin (2029-30).

Oh, and UCLA has managed to never play an FCS opponent either.

That’s not an attempt to elevate UCLA. It hasn’t won a Rose Bowl since 1986.

But USC is USC. It needs to act like a marquee football school.

It’s bad enough raising tickets prices with recent home opponents like Western Michigan, Arkansas State, Idaho, Fresno State and Rice.  Does USC really want to try to sell a game vs. UC Davis or Sacramento State?  Or, perhaps, worse, risk a loss with a school that has won an FCS championship?

24 thoughts on “USC’s Not Great At Football Scheduling

    1. Scott posted this to hide his fear ——fear that USC will soon put together a schedule that features only California schools (a rich mixture of Pac 12 and junior colleges), run the table and claim the first ever California State Championship.
      In anticipation, I am already designing a California State Championship Trophy: a glass sculpture —about the size of a cigarette filter —featuring Truman Capote (in honor of Owns).

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    2. I think Wolf’s comment is 100% accurate – under Pete Carroll USC truly did play a tough OOC

      2001 – San Jose St, KS St., @ Notre Dame & @ UT
      2002 – Auburn, @ CO, @ KS St., Notre Dame
      2003 – @ Auburn, BYU, HI, @ Notre Dame
      2004 – VA Tech (DC). @ CO St., @ BYU, Notre Dame
      2005 – @HI, AR, @ Notre Dame, Fresno St.
      2006 – AR, NE, Notre Dame
      2007 – ID, NE, Notre Dame
      2008 – VA, OH St., Notre Dame
      2009 – Sam Jose St., @ OH St., @ Notre Dame

      2006 forward Pac-10 expanded to Pac-12 and in the process cut out a OOC.

      That is a very sharp contrast to what is in the hopper moving forward

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      1. Wolf forgets that Fresno State has always been a competitive game on the schedule or in a bowl game for USC. They aren’t a cupcake opponent.


    3. Respectuflly disagree. SC used to schedule the Oklahoma’s ohio St’s., Penn st’s., Florida St, Nebraska, Auburn, ND, and other prominent schools. Playing Fresno St. and BYU three times in the next six years sucks. Where are the big boy schools? To me, Fresno St. and BYU are almost Division II schools. Yet, SC is chargining for big time schools when they play Fresno and BYU.


      1. “Now look at UCLA: Oklahoma (2019), LSU (2021), Michigan (2022), Michigan (2023), LSU (2024), Georgia (2025-26), Auburn (2027-28) and Wisconsin (2029-30).”

        Dear Pusley, you SUCCX trollop, no thesaurus needed. I think I’ll have a tot of “wisky” in my coffee.


      2. They’re both shameful. But in this age of playoff football, it is part of the formula. Georgia, clemson and bama as well as tosu and Ok all do it…there are a number of reasons including the wear and tear on players.

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  1. USC will not schedule U.C. Davis because they are coached by Dan Hawkins and could actually beat SC at the Coliseum. Last year’s Aggie team was a great team, and it played better football than Clay Helton’s team. By the way, the running back at UCLA who ran all over USC. last year was a U.C. Davis football transfer. Had he stayed at Davis, Davis might have reached the Division 1A Championship final. U.C. Davis plays Cal next season. Ask Stanford about the Aggies and they will tell you that you cannot overlook the smart kids from the Central Valley. Davis scored one of its most important upsets at Stanford. U.C. Davis does not like to award football scholarships to football players. It graduates more accepted medical school students than even the Harvard football team. When was the last time, if ever, you saw a Trojan football player graduate and go on to medical school ? That is why it remains a Division !A school. But, it would be nice to see the Aggies come to the Coliseum and plaster Helton all over the field. Hawkins used to be a coach at Boise State and Colorado.

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    1. Nice Davis profile and much appreciated. Josuha Kelly is a polished diamond.

      “When was the last time, if ever, you saw a Trojan football player graduate and go on to medical school?” LOL!


      1. Has a Trojan football player gone on to medical school? It just so happens that one of our players went on to become DEAN of the school of medicine: Carmen Puliafito…..

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      2. Hey MG, this Carmen Puliafito…

        “In USC’s lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure. The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room was matched by a gift for attracting money and talent to the university.

        There was another side to the Harvard-educated physician.

        During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.

        Puliafito, 66, and these much younger acquaintances captured their exploits in photos and videos. The Times reviewed dozens of the images.

        Shot in 2015 and 2016, they show Puliafito and the others partying in hotel rooms, cars, apartments and the dean’s office at USC.

        In one video, a tuxedo-clad Puliafito displays an orange pill on his tongue and says into the camera, “Thought I’d take an ecstasy before the ball.” Then he swallows the pill.

        In another, Puliafito uses a butane torch to heat a large glass pipe outfitted for methamphetamine use. He inhales and then unleashes a thick plume of white smoke. Seated next to him on a sofa, a young woman smokes heroin from a piece of heated foil.”



      3. Just Rent,

        Name last time some pizza delivery boy from ugly played football and then became a dr.? I am sure it has happened on both sides though.

        Dear God, I am going to hate myself after writing this, but Thug U aka ruinville aka ruins have a great schedule. Playing Fresno St. for the millionth time in six years really sucks. Who ever scheduled these games, should be shot or fired.


    2. What a stupid dumb ass reply. Where is your money to back it up.
      A Veterinarian school in the boondocks. My nephew started there
      and left for Cal Berkley after one year. Proud Trojan really ,
      please give me a break. Looks like from the time of your post living
      back East somewhere.


  2. Peckerwood: 10 NCAA BB NC’s

    Andyain’twinning: 44 – 64 – his 6-year SUCCX record in Pac-12 games.

    Commie Lush: Prays loudly into an empty generic Vodka bottle:

    “Oh Jujitsukins, Jujitsukins, I pray, pray you gots, gots about $3.00 in loose change youse, youse can spare me sossss I can buys another pint, pint of “Oh Holy Night” Vodka.”


  3. UC Davis scored more points against Stanford last season than Helton’s USC team did.

    J.T. Daniels the 5 Star recruit, huh? What a Gawd Damn joke! Daniels and Helton put up 3 measely points against the Cardinal…how fucking embarrassing!


  4. This is a bogus narrative Wolf. Yes UCLA is playing a Power 5 team every year in your example but … so does USC! USC plays Notre Dame every single year. Does that not count in your book? Just last year, yes UCLA played Oklahoma, but they also played Cincy and Fresno State. If USC had that schedule you would complain all year about it.

    Notre Dame and two decent Mountain West/CUSA schools is a fine non-conference schedule, plus most years (like the last 2) USC plays Notre Dame and another Power 5 team.

    You want 3 Power 5 non conference opponents ? Nobody does that. It’s not needed in this day and age of how teams are selected for the playoffs. USC schedules fine, and you are pushing a narrative that doesnt exist.


  5. Too bad the Rose Bowl is filled with nothing but seagulls and pigeons in the seats during football games.
    All i ever see is huge sections of white bleachers with no human body sitting on them.



    1. But Sammy those RB seats were filled when UCLA punked Sleazy U 34 – 27.

      Ding goes the Vic Bell.



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