Is USC-Texas Game Going To Mexico City?

ESPN president John Skipper said the network is talking to the Pac-12 and Big 12 about playing a game in Mexico City. This will revive January’s rumors that USC and Texas would be the teams selected to play in the game.

USC hosts the Longhorns in 2017 and I do not think there is any desire to give up a home game. But Texas athletic director Steve Patterson is looking for more neutral-site games, so the 2018 contest makes perfect sense for ESPN.

I’ve got mixed feelings becauser Austin is a great college football venue and would be a thrill for many USC fans. On the other hand, a game outside the country would be pretty special too. I can speak first-hand on that after attending the USC-Oregon game in Tokyo in 1985.

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  • UCLA Bleauz

    Of course, you can, Scottie……are you still getting postcards from the Mamasan?……Does she still love you long time?….

  • Mr Jenkins

    A late summer football game in smoggy Mexico City? We suggest complimentary gas masks included in all travel packages. Mr. Jenkins will likely skip the game and opt for Margaritas at the San Angel Inn.

  • Ryan Morris

    There are several places outside that US that would be special to catch a USC game. Mexico City isn’t one of them. High crime rate, terrible air quality etc. This is a terrible idea. Especially since they only care about one kind of futbol down there.

    • LamontRaymond

      Couldn’t agree with you more, Ryan. It’s about the last place in this hemisphere that I’d like to take in a football game.

    • SUCC de trop

      You underestimate SUCC’s international appeal. With exception of SUCC’s loss of Mausoleum parking revenue, SUCC FB in Mexico City is a win-win for both teams. SUCC and Tixis could play for Kiffy’s coveted “Sombrero de El Paso.”

  • john wolcott

    American football does not sell outside the U.S. O.K., maybe in London once in a while

    It is a unique game that does not translate well. 5 seconds of action, and then 30 seconds of inaction (unless of course we are talking about Oregon).

    And the violence is not understood. It looks like a sweet ballet from afar.

    And who are these warriors in helmets and facemasks?– Are they even human?


    good old larry scott

  • SUCC de trop

    Who won the Tokyo game?

    • SUCC de trop

      I’m guessing that SUCC must have lost.

  • ed medina

    let me educate you ignorant fools. Mexico city has done an exceptional job cleaning up their air; unlike LA. Smoggy days are a thing of the past. Also, american football is a very popular sport. As someone who has traveled to mexico for work, bars showing Monday night football are packed. lastly, crime in any big city is a concern. the crime concern is overblown…I would rather be in Mexico City than Memphis.

    • Arturo

      Well said. USC players would be treated well.

    • SUCC de trop

      Way to go Ed. “Ignorant fools,” is an apt description and on point.

  • Usc London

    If you are going to do it, play in London where the NFL has already been blazing trails (and Wembley sells out every game) or Dublin where a pre-season kickoff classic already exists!