USC’s decision to play Alabama in 2016 was sorely needed for the Trojans’ future schedule. Even the school’s press release notes a “ tradition of playing challenging non-conference opponents in the regular season.” As an example it cited games with BYU in 2019, 2021 and 2023. Thrilling.
USC does play Texas in 2017-18. But recent schedules lacked the Pete Carroll era matchups of Ohio State, Nebraska, Arkansas, Auburn, Virginia Tech and Kansas State. Texas and Tennessee are about the only marquee matchup in the next 10 years.
Meanwhile, UCLA will play Michigan, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Texas A&M and Texas.