NCAA Preseason top 25 countdown: #2 USC Trojans
2. USC TROJANS
2016 record: 10-3 (7-2 in conference)
Pass yards per game: 276.4
Rush yards per game: 200.7
Points scored per game: 34.4
Points allowed per game: 22.2
The 2017 Trojans are looking to get back to the USC glory days. The 2016 Trojans made strides in that direction. After a 1-3 start the team gelled together and went on a 9 game winning streak, in those 9 games the team averaged 39.9 points per game. QB Sam Darnold threw for 3,086 yards and 31 TDs. He and Ju-Ju Smith Schuster connected on 10 of those 31 TD passes.
With Schuster and their #2 WR Darreus Rogers now in the NFL, it will be up to Deontay Burnett and the rest of their remaining receiving corp to make sure Darnold continues his push for this years college football playoffs and heisman trophy.
RB Ronald Jones II will come into the 2017 season looking for another productive year. He has 2,069 rush yards and 22 total TDs in his 2 years in Southern Cal. They will need a huge year from him if they plan on taking over in the Pac 12.
Sat. Sept. 9th vs Stanford
Sat. Sept. 16th vs Texas
Sat. Oct. 21st @ Notre Dame