USC has the nation’s No. 1-ranked non-conference football schedule, according to the Oklahoman.
“Alabama in Arlington, New Mexico, Notre Dame. Crimson Tide and the Fighting Irish. You can always count on the Trojans to uphold college football pride,” the article states.
This is the thing with USC: The non-conference schedule is difficult. But then you throw in the Pac-12 games and compare that to SEC and Big Ten teams and the overall schedule looks a lot more favorable than what those other teams deal with every season.
It’s part of the dilemma of being in the Pac-12. You don’t get pushed much but maybe that’s a reason the conference doesn’t do much when it comes to the College Football Playoff.