One argument I’ve seen for scheduling UC Davis is that it had a better Sagarin rating last season than UNLV, USC’s first opponent a year ago.
That misses the point. It is not about whether UC Davis is as good as a bad FBS team.
It’s about destroying a traditiion that sets USC apart from other schools.
The other argument is that SEC schools do it every year. But that is precisely why USC did not. It wasn’t interested in doing something SEC teams got criticized for.
And if your argument is USC needs an easy opponent like those SEC teams, apparently UC Davis was better than UNLV.
Also, let’s be honest. USC plays in the Pac-12. Does it really need another cupcake? At least the SEC teams play each other every week.
Finally, USC is ceding the high ground to Notre Dame and UCLA. Is that ever worth it?
Good luck selling tickets to that UC Davis game if Clay Helton is the coach.