USC Trojans 2015: Redemption Road


With College Football season well under way, let’s take a look on how the USC Trojans 2015 might fair this year.

After the long awaited end of the NCAA postseason ban that was put on USC back in 2010, the Trojans went 9-4 last season.

The Trojans ended their season on a positive note defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 45-42 in a wild National University Holiday Bowl.

Now looking to this season, the USC Trojans will try and get back to championship form.

USC has won 11 National Championships, the last one coming in 2004 (which has since been vacated).

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With this the second year of the NCAA Playoff format, we shall see if the USC Trojans can start a new run at College Football immortality.

The USC Trojans start their 2015 campaign Saturday against Arkansas State.

I do not see this game being close, but anything can happen.

I see the Trojans taking the bite to the Red Wolves and winning by at least 25.

A nice start to a promising season.

The next two weeks, USC battles Idaho and Pac-12 rival Stanford.

Idaho should be easy, let’s be honest.  Then things will be interesting for the Trojans.

The last time Stanford came to the Coliseum, Stanford had BCS Title hopes with Andrew Luck under center.

As many people remember, USC would win the game on a last minute field goal to defeat then #4 ranked Stanford 20-17.

This being 2015, Andrew Luck trading Cardinal red for Colts blue, this is a different Stanford team.

But, to match that, USC is different and in my eyes better.

I see the Trojans starting the season 3-0.

This is the stretch of the season that will test the Trojans to become great once again.

Five out of the last nine games for USC will be on the road.

Just to name a few of the places the Trojans have to travel to, Arizona State, Oregon, and Notre Dame.

All of these teams have a national title in sight, but one slip up could cost them.

After that grueling stretch, the Trojans will face their Southern California neighbors, the UCLA Bruins.

Overall, USC has dominated the Bruins over the years.

The last three years, not the case.

UCLA has won three years in a row, and they haven’t been close —  ending in double digits every time.

It has also been awhile since a USC player has been in the Heisman spotlight.

The last coming in 2005 with Reggie Bush (vacated).

USC quarterbacks had their fair share of Heisman glory, Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart that is, winning the trophy in 2002 and 2004 respectively.

A new USC quarterback looks to add his name to a very prestigious list — Cody Kessler.

This will be Kessler’s third year commanding the Trojan offense and it might be his best year yet.

His receiving core is a little young with two sophomores, Steven Mitchell and JuJu Smith-Schuster, and one junior, Darreus Rogers.

He does have fellow senior Tre Madden in the backfield to take some pressure off.

With the recent history of the Heisman Trophy being awarded to quaterbacks, I like Kessler’s chances to add some hardware to a nice career thus far at USC.

Bottom Line: Trojan nation is ready for the next conquest.

Overall, the USC Trojans have one of the better teams this year in college football, hence their No. 8 ranking.

There are many questions still be to answered about how good USC will be this year, but all they have to do is get into the College Football Playoff and anything can happen.

Just for argument sake, I see the Trojans going 9-3 this year, probably not good enough for a national playoff shot, but will play in one of those ridiculously named bowl games.