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.
USC Trojan News
12-1-14: USC got six touchdown passes from Cody Kessler in a dominating 49-14 win over Notre Dame. Kessler had five TD passes in the first half, finishing with 372 yards on 32-of-40 passing. George Nelson Agholor caught 12 balls for 120 yards and a score. They will await their opponent for a bowl game.
11-24-14: USC lost to its crosstown rival UCLA, 38-20, for the third straight year, getting shut down offensively. USC allowed 461 yards total, including 326 passing yards and three touchdowns from UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. Cody Kessler threw for 214 yards with a score and an interception. The dangerous Javorius Allen was held to just 60 yards and a touchdown. USC closes out the season against Notre Dame this week.
11-10-14: The Trojans had a bye this week after their 44-17 win over Washington State last week. It’s beennearly 25 years since a USC running back finished the season as the Pac-12’s rushing leader. Javorius Allen could become the first USC player since Ricky Ervins in 1989 to finish first in rushing. Allen has rushed for 1,124 yards on 196 carries in nine games this season. He is averaging a conference best 124.9 yards rushing a game. USC plays Cal this Thursday night at the Coliseum.
11-3-14: Cody Kessler threw for 400 yards and five touchdowns as USC beat Washington State 44-17. JuJu Smith caught three touchdown passes as the Trojans became eligible for postseason play. Nelson Agholor caught eight passes for 220 yards. He also scored a pair of touchdowns. USC has a bye this week.
10-27-14: The Trojans gave up a one-yard touchdown pass with eight seconds left to fall to Utah 24-21 in Salt Lake City Saturday night. USC got 264 passing yards and two touchdowns from Cody Kessler. Javorius Allen ran for 101 yards, while Nelson Agholor hauled in 10 catches for 110 yards. USC travels to Pullman this week to play Washington State.
10-20-14: Southern Cal threw for a school record seven touchdown passes from Cody Kessler, four of them in the first quarter, as the Trojans cruised past Colorado 56-28. Kessler was 19 of 26 passes for 319 yards, connecting with four different receivers for TDs. Javorius Allen added 128 rushing yards and a TD on 15 carries, as the Trojans tallied 532 total yards. AP No. 20 USC will travel to Salt Lake City this week to square off against AP. No. 19 Utah.
10-15-14: USC almost blew leads of 21-6 and 28-13, but ultimately beat then AP No. 10 Arizona 28-26 after a missed Wildcat 36-yard field-goal attempt with 17 seconds left. The Trojans got 205 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Javorius Allen. QB Cody Kessler threw for 185 yards on 20 of 30 passing. He was intercepted for the first time this season. They play Colorado this weekend.
10-6-14: The Trojans lost 38-34 to Arizona State a 46-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass from Mike Bercovici to Jaelen Strong as time expired. USC led 27-18 late in the fourth quarter before giving up three touchdown passes. The Trojan defense was gashed for 510 yards through the air. Cody Kessler passed for 273 yards. They travel to Tucson this week to play AP No. 10 Arizona.
10-1-14: The Trojans shook off their previous demons with a solid 35-10 victory over Oregon State this past weekend. USC got 261 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Cody Kessler, Javorius Allen and Justin Davis both ran for scores. The Trojans held Oregon State to just 181 total yards. Beavers quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 123 yards and two interceptions. USC will host Arizona State this weekend.
9-22-14: The Trojans had a bye this week to try and recover from their upset loss at Boston College, where their offense disappeared and their ability to stop the run was nonexistent. They return home this week to face an Oregon State team that always causes trouble for USC. Quarterback Cody Kessler has passed for 846 yards and eight touchdowns through three games thus far.
9-15-14: The Trojans were in for a wake-up call this past Saturday as they played Boston College in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles outrushed USC 452 to 20 as BC beat Southern Cal 37-31. According to the L.A. Daily News, the last USC team to allow that many yards rushing was in 1977, when Texas A&M rushed for 486 in the Bluebonnet Bowl. USC’s 20 yards rushing was their fewest since they gained 1 yard against Utah in the 2001 Las Vegas Bowl. Overall, it was not a good night to be a Trojan fan. USC is idle this week.
9-9-14: The Trojans had to rely on their defense and kicking to win a critical Pac-12 road game 13-10, and claim its first victory at Stanford since 2008. J.R. Tavai's sack of Stanford QB Kevin Hogan with 19 seconds left forced a fumble, which was recovered by USC was the dagger. That came just over two minutes after Andre Heidari nailed a 53-yard field goal to give USC the lead. This is the second straight year Heidari kicked a game-winning field goal to beat Stanford. The Trojans will travel across the country to take on Boston College in Chestnut Hill this weekend.
9-4-14: The Trojans gained more than 700 yards and ran 104 plays, which set a Pac-12 record for offensive snaps in their 52-13 rout of Fresno State last Saturday. Their offense was diverse and dominant everywhere. Cody Kessler threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns (along with a rushing TD) and Javorius Allen adding 133 rushing yards and a TD. Steve Sarkisian played more than a dozen true freshmen, mostly on offense, with wide receiver JuJu Smith catching four balls for 123 yards. The Trojans have a tough game this Saturday when they travel north to Palo Alto to take on AP No. 13 Stanford.