I keep reading USC’s schedule is a nightmare.
USC opens with Alabama and closes with Notre Dame. Tough games. What else is there?
- New Mexico is awful.
- Stanford won four games last season and had about 15 players enter the transfer portal.
- Arizona State is a respectable team but not considered a surefire Top 25 opponent.
- Utah is supposed to be a tough game in Salt Lake City but the Utes lost nine starters on defense, the quarterback and tailback.
- Cal is Cal. Good quarterback but Justin Wilcox allowed their defense to get shredded by USC because he played man-to-man defense.
- Arizona is a struggling program.
- Colorado has a new coach and new quarterback.
- Oregon is considered the best team in the Pac-12.
- Washington has a new coach, new quarterback and will be at the Coliseum, not Seattle.
- UCLA has done nothing under Chip Kelly.
Now I am fully aware that the Pac-12 always produces upsets and some teams play better-than-projected. And Clay Helton is usually good for an own goal at any moment.
But is this a nightmare?
Would you rather play the above schedule or play in the Big Ten with Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Minnesota . . .
I won’t even mention the SEC.
USC might have a tough schedule but it is also manageable. And USC has more talent than most teams on its schedule.