The ESPN FPI offer rankings of projected victories for each college team.
I don’t usually put much stock in these rankings but they provide a talking point for fans.
Here are the Pac-12 projections:
9 — Oregon; 9 — UCLA; 9 — Utah; 8 — Arizona State; 8 — USC; 7 — Washington; 6 — Cal; 6 — Oregon State; 5 — Stanford; 5 — Washington State; 4 — Arizona; 3 — Colorado.
USC at eight wins? Seems low.
Not because the Trojans are anything special. But because the schedule is not difficult. That’s certainly why UCLA is at 9 wins with their cushy non-conference schedule.
How would USC lose four games? Other than Notre Dame, where is USC considered an underdog? Its game at Utah. Look at the games against programs that seem to be imploding, like Colorado, Arizona State and maybe even Stanford.
If USC wins eight games next year, I think fans are going to be massively disappointed in Lincoln Riley.