USC is a 19-point favorite over Western Michigan in its season opener, according to the Vegas Stats and Information Network (hosted by Brent Musberger, an expert on lines).
It might be nice to watch some of these teams play too, if the Pac-12 Network were available on DirecTV, etc. And maybe it’s a tribute to the conference that it continues to dominate in all sports as we see a projected $12 million less for each Pac-12 school over the next seven years compared to their SEC and Big Ten counterparts. That’s $84 million less per school in total.
USC is making a big impression in the post-NBA draft declaration polls: The Big Lead has USC ranked No. 5. Yes, who doesn’t always follow the Big Lead’s rankings? But so does Fox. And USC is No. 8 per FanRag (another great title for a site); CBS has USC No. 9 and Yahoo has USC No. 9.
USC is considered a national power. So where are the marquee opponents on the schedule? If not now, when? Right now, UC Santa Barbara and North Dakota State are on the home schedule. USC plays Arizona only once next season, so Andy Enfield knows one less loss is on the schedule. Can he add Michigan State, Duke or Kansas? Will it matter to the USC homers? Probably not.
Enfield seems to still think he is at Florida Gulf Coast.
USC moved from eighth to fifth in the latest Directors’ Cup standings, which included women’s water polo, men’s volleyball and beach volleyball. USC has 798.5 points. UCLA is No. 6 at 740 points. Stanford is No. 1 with 1,194.25 points. Full standings are here.
This pretty much sums it up on Penn State RB Saquon Barkley. pic.twitter.com/9yZ6v1ELew
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) May 24, 2017
USC is ranked in the top 5 of the major preseason college football magazines with an over/under of 9.5 victories in the regular season. That assumes the defense will be one of the team’s strengths. But if you have doubts, this key play above from the Rose Bowl shows a lot of returning starters at less than their best. Remember in the spring, Clay Helton referred to the front seven as “violent.”
Now if your counter argument is USC will not face anyone like Saquon Barkley next season, that’s a different matter. But even in 2005, one of everyone’s favorite USC teams got pushed in games against Arizona State and Notre Dame more than most presumed before the season. And in those games, USC allowed 28 and 31 points, respectively. This was also also before most college football offenses reached their current high-powered states.
Brandon Bohning makes it 2-0 Chatsworth. RBI single. pic.twitter.com/3DBKzYqEvC
— Evan Barnes (@evan_b) May 24, 2017
El Camino Real and Chatsworth are playing at Dedeaux Field right now in the City Section Division semifinals. Who says USC doesn’t host playoff games at Dedeaux Field anymore?
With no football, it’s officially list season. And NFL.com has its best draft choices of this century using some formula they devised. Here are USC’s top 5:
- Troy Polamalu
- Ryan Kalil
- Clay Matthews
- Tyron Smith
- Lofa Tatupu
The thrill of victory…
— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) May 24, 2017
USC was down to Northwestern, 2-0, but the Trojans won two matches to tie it up. The final match then went to extra holes, where Gabby Then’s putt to send the match to another extra hole was just short. Northwestern won, 3-2, to advance to the championship match against Arizona State.