USC football had only three players drafted in 2012, which was its lowest total since 2002. In this case, the stat reflects more on how loaded the Trojans are for next season more than any talent attrition in the program.
As the 2013 mock drafts start to come out, it is clear that USC players will dominate the headlines next April. For example, Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com has three Trojans projected in his first round with QB Matt Barkley at No. 1, WR Robert Woods at No. 4 and S T.J. McDonald at No. 29.
Among the seniors, Barkley and McDonald are just two of the names to watch. C Khaled Holmes, DE Wes Horton, DE Devon Kennard, S Jawanza Starling and RB Curtis McNeal should all attract NFL interest.
The list of draft eligible underclassmen is headlined by Woods and CB Nickell Robey, but they can also opt to follow Barkley and McDonald down the four year path.
Just like 2002 when only CB Kris Richard and CB Chris Cash were drafted, the pipeline is only filling up with talent and the explosion begins next year.
For the first time since 2009, the USC football season can end in postseason glory, but the Trojans will have to work through a daunting 12-game regular season slate before a possible Pac-12 Championship and/or bowl game.
USC will host showdowns against Oregon, Notre Dame, Cal, Colorado and Arizona State after a non-conference opener versus Norm Chow’s Hawaii. The Trojans will travel to New Jersey to take on Syracuse and then Stanford, Utah, Washington, Arizona and UCLA.
The team’s road mettle will be tested early in the campaign with four trips in five games after the Coliseum opener, including a Thursday night affair in Utah on October 4. The always tricky Pac-12 road opener will be a revenge game in Palo Alto against a Stanford team which has won three straight over the Trojans.
As opposed to last season, USC should avoid the winter freeze. The Trojans will not leave Los Angeles in the month of November when they welcome Rose Bowl champions Oregon and a Thanksgiving weekend rivalry contest against Notre Dame.
Due to the Pac-12 schedule rotation, USC will not play Northwest foes Washington State or Oregon State unless they meet in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday, November 30.
Game times and television plans for the 2012 USC schedule will be determined at a later date.
“I know in my heart I have not yet finished my journey as a Trojan football player,” Barkley said. “The 2012 team has some serious unfinished business to attend to and I intend to play a part in it.”—@MattBarkley
The #9 USC Trojans (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) finished strong and obliterated the so-called South division champs, the UCLA Bruins (6-6, 5-4 Pac-12), 50-0 on Saturday night.
It has been one of the best seasons in USC history even though the NCAA took away the opportunity to compete in championship games.
The Trojans showed the NCAA that you can unfairly sanction the players who had nothing to do with one player’s violations over six years ago, but they showed the rest of college football that you cannot keep the Trojans down no matter how much they are handicapped.
The Pac-12 “championship” game has become a joke with UCLA playing at Oregon next Friday. USC has beaten the South and North division “champs” the past two weeks and is playing as well as any team in the nation.
This is karma for Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, who did nothing to support USC with the NCAA unlike the Big Ten and SEC commissioners, who supported their colleges.
The Trojans will end the season a Top 10 team and could start next season as a Top Five team if QB Matt Barkley and his fellow juniors return for a run at a national championship.
The No. 10* USC Trojans (10-2, 7-2 Pac-12) buried the UCLA Bruins (6-6, 5-4 Pac-12) 50-0 and sent a message to the college football world.
Not only are the Trojans back in the top of college football, but the Pac-12 Conference “championship” game is meaningless because the best team is not there.
Highlights USC 50, UCLA 0
QB Matt Barkley (35-of-42, 83 percent, 423 yards, six TDs, zero INTs) tying his own USC single-game TD record and breaking the single-game completions record with 35 (last completion to his cousin walk-on WR Robbie Boyer who made his first reception) and the Pac-12 season TD record with 39; he also broke the USC pass completion percentage record with 69.1 percent
Sophomore WR Robert Woods setting the conference single-season receptions record with 111 receptions
Freshman WR Marqise Lee adding 13 catches for 224 yards and two TDs
USC earned straight-A grades from ESPNLA’s Pedro Moura.
The Trojans are ineligible for a bowl game due to the unfair NCAA sanctions so this game was played for pride, and Trojan fans could not be prouder of this team.
The Trojans are playing as good football as any team in the nation after beating the then No. 4 Oregon Ducks last week in Autzen to break their 21 consecutive home win streak and dominating the Bruins on Saturday.
This means that USC beat both the Pac-12 North and South division representatives in the “Pac-11” championship game the past two weeks.
Congratulations to the USC Trojans for being the Los Angeles city champions, and first place and champion in the Pac-12 South division. You look good in your USC Football 2011 South Division Champions shirts.
Matt Barkley passed for 423 yards and six touchdowns in his possible Coliseum farewell, Robert Woods set the conference’s single-season receptions record while catching 12 passes for 113 yards and two TDs, and No. 10 Southern California finished its resurgent season with a 50-0 demolition of Pac-12 title game-bound UCLA on Saturday night.
Sanctions will keep USC out of the conference title game. These resilient Trojans still believed they proved which team should be on a flight from Los Angeles to Eugene, Ore., next week.
Marqise Lee had 13 catches for 224 yards and two TDs during a showcase of offensive brilliance by the Trojans (10-2, 7-2), who are banned from postseason play under heavy NCAA sanctions for violations that occurred before these players arrived at USC. The Trojans still went out in style, jumping to a 29-point halftime lead before posting their largest victory in the city championship game since 1930, the rivalry’s second year.
USC won seven of its final eight games capped by this utter obliteration of the Bruins (6-6, 5-4), who will represent the division at Oregon next week despite finishing two games behind the Trojans in the South standings.
With the Coliseum crowd repeatedly chanting “One more year!” Barkley was brilliant in what might have been the junior’s final game at USC. He went 35 for 42 and set a Pac-12 record with his 39th touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter, hitting Woods from 41 yards out to surpass Leinart’s mark. Barkley also surpassed his own school record set earlier this year with 35 completions.
Woods broke Keyshawn Johnson’s 1995 record with his 103rd catch during the first half, while Lee joined Woods as a 1,000-yard receiver. Rhett Ellison and Randall Telfer also caught TD passes from Barkley, who had 29 scoring passes and just four interceptions in his last eight games.