The chances of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel actually sticking around for his senior season were slim-and-none but it would have provided quite a game for USC in 2015 if he did stick around.
Now USC must scramble for an opponent. But what’s happened in recent years with the nonconference schedule. USC used to play Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, etc., in nonconference games.
Not is facing Big East (or former Big East) schools like Syracuse and Boston College. Or Minnesota. Texas A&M’s decision to cancel the USC series means the next marquee opponent will be Texas in 2017-18.