It should be a honeymoon season for USC coach Steve Sarkisian, who is likeable and gets to follow Lane Kiffin. But if the Trojans lose their second game at Stanford or suffer an upset the following week at Boston College, will the fans be forgiving?
The schedule does not appear overly difficult but looks full of trap games. Games at Arizona, Utah and Washington State are all contests USC usually wins but sometimes gets upset, like against the Wildcats in 2012.
No games are more important than Notre Dame and UCLA but those trap games might determine Sarkisian’s season.