USC Trojans Football
It was a wild year last season for the USC Trojans, but despite the injuries and the fiasco surrounding Lane Kiffin who was fired as Head Coach just five games into the season, the Trojans managed to finish with a 9-4 record, with a 6-3 record in conference play and winning the Las Vegas Bowl under offensive coordinator Clay Helton after USC’s interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron resigned two weeks before the game.
Coming into the 2014 season, followers of the Trojans anxiously await the start of the Steve Sarkisian era who was hired as the new USC head coach following the 2013 season. Sarkisian is coming off a stint with the Washington Huskies and led the team to 3 bowl appearances.
USC football tickets this season are ranked in the top 15 of the most expensive tickets in college football with a current average price of $136.79 in the secondary market according to TiqIQ. The most expensive game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for USC football tickets is their November 29th meeting with Notre Dame with a current average price $237.63, the only game for USC football tickets with an above $200 average on the USC football schedule.
Other games included this year on the USC football schedule are the opening game on August 30 with the Fresno State Bulldogs, currently the second most expensive game for USC football tickets with a current average price of $125.34. Rematches from last season are also on the USC football schedule this year with Oregon State on September 27 and the following week a showdown with Arizona State on October 4 as the Trojans will look to get revenge from last year’s defeat to the Sun Devils.
Other than the matchup with the Fighting Irish, all of the other games at home on the USC football schedule will be below a $200 average for USC football tickets. The Trojans have a decent shot to return to prominence since their 2014 USC football schedule is not as daunting.
Since Pete Carroll’s departure to the NFL in 2010, the USC football program has struggled, but it’s a new coach and a new team and things do look optimistic coming into this season with several highly touted players on both sides of the football.
The greatest strength for USC this year seems to be their defensive line as their lone All American from last year’s team DL Leonard Williams is back for another season with the Trojans. Williams is a problem for opposing coaches with the ability to play against the run and getting behind the line of scrimmage.
The Trojans offense this year had multiple playmakers with the inclusion of running back Buck Allen where USC is stacked with tailback talent along with Tre Madden and Justin Davis in a Trojan offense this year that will heavily feature the run. Buck Allen in half a season last year had strong production with 785 yards and 14 touchdowns.
However, there are some concerns for the offensive line, but with a talented offensive core and playmakers on defense the Trojans could very well win the South Division this year.