USC is 13-0, ranked No. 23 in the nation and surprising contender as Pac-12 play begins Wednesday. But that perfect start is drawing unnecessary comparisons to the 1970-71 Trojans, who started 16-0 and finished 24-2.
Let’s just look at the 1971 Trojans’ 14 non-conference games. USC beat four-ranked teams: No. 14 Houston (77-64); No. 17 Florida State (94-85); No. 18 LSU (80-76) and No. 20 BYU (101-65). This year’s Trojans have not played a ranked team, a deliberate bit of scheduling by Andy Enfield.
So just enjoy how great this season started without listening to any noise about how it compares to 1971. That classic team does not deserve to hear this comparison, unless USC goes 16-2 in Pac-12 games.