Can USC crack the top 10 of the coaches’ or Associated Press Top 25 polls?
I would say no but given the high-profile of USC and the hype surrounding Lincoln Riley, nothing would surprise me.
I think it’s always worth looking at the schedule when you rank a team in the preseason. Who will USC be an underdog against? Utah. Who else? UCLA or Notre Dame? That’s not a sure thing.
So I might rank USC a little higher based on a very favorable schedule.
There are still legitimate questions about the offensive line, defensive line and Donte Williams’ coaching of the cornerbacks. Plus the punter situation.
But for voters, they will see USC and Lincoln Riley, so a top 10-ranking might just happen.