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  • ESPN announces details for anticipated 2024 USC-LSU game

    Larry Brown Sports "College football fans have a premium matchup to look forward to at the opening of the 2024 season, and now we have further details on the contest. In 2021, we learned that USC and LSU would be meeting in the 2024 Vegas Kickoff Classic. " March 15

  • USC’s Caleb Williams makes bold Heisman Trophy promise for 2023

    Clutch Points "USC football quarterback Caleb Williams won the Heisman Trophy in 2022 but he is not satisfied with that. Williams not only wants more- he expects it. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Williams was asked where his Heisman Trophy was. Williams responded with a bold..." March 09

  • Transfer portal OL reveals Caleb Williams reason for joining USC

    Clutch Points "USC Football will have even more protection for Caleb Williams this season. Several new offensive linemen were introduced to the local media Wednesday and mentioned the opportunity to block for the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner as a major reason for their decision to join the..." March 09

  • Lincoln Riley’s spring practice comments about Trojans defense will give fans hope

    Clutch Points "USC head football coach Lincoln Riley commented on the Trojan’s defense during the team’s spring practice on Tuesday, Los Angeles Times USC beat writer Ryan Kartje. “We expect to be an extremely high-level defense here at USC,” Lincoln Riley..." March 07

  • USC's Lincoln Riley builds the ideal college football QB, taking traits from Caleb Williams and Jalen Hurts

    CBS Sports "USC coach Lincoln Riley has established himself as one of the top offensive coaches in the sport. The 39-year-old head coach of the Trojans was Oklahoma's boss when Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018) won the Heisman Trophy, as well as when Jalen Hurts went to New York as a..." March 03

  • How Caleb Williams and Drake Maye will impact 2023 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "Reigning Heisman winner Caleb Williams was absolutely dynamic in his first season with USC. North Carolina’s Drake Maye stands at 6-foot-5, boasts a strong arm and is a dual-threat out of the backfield. We’re not talking too much about these collegiate quarterbacks leading..." February 27

  • USC football’s sneakiest 2023 transfer portal move

    Clutch Points "The 2022 season was a fantastic one for USC football, until it wasn’t. The Trojans were just one win away from the College Football Playoff, but a blowout loss to Utah in the Pac-12 Championship Game knocked them out of contention. To add insult to injury, the Trojans gave up a..." February 23

  • USC’s Caleb Williams reveals eye-popping, Joe Burrow-level goals for the 2023 season

    Clutch Points "USC Football quarterback Caleb Williams put on a show in his first season with Lincoln Riley in California, winning the Heisman Trophy while very nearly leading the Trojans to a College Football Playoff spot. What could Williams possibly do for an encore performance? The USC..." February 16

  • USC's Jordan Addison declares for 2023 NFL Draft

    The Score "USC receiver Jordan Addison has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft ahead of Monday's deadline. Addison is widely expected to be a first-round pick and is in contention to be the first wideout selected in April. " January 16

  • Former Texas A&M defensive lineman Anthony Lucas announces transfer to USC

    USA Today "Former Texas A&M defensive lineman Anthony Lucas has committed to USC. Lucas, a former five-star recruit in the Top247 rankings for the Class of 2022, will have three years of eligibility and joins the Trojans as a true sophomore. Lucas was rated the No. 1 player in the..." January 12

  • USC elects to retain defensive coordinator Alex Grinch

    Sportsnaut "Southern California defensive coordinator Alex Grinch will return to the coaching staff under head coach Lincoln Riley in 2023, despite the Trojans’ issues stopping the ball this past season. A multitude of miscues, including some on defense, prevented USC from preserving a late..." January 10

  • What USC football must change after embarrassing Cotton Bowl loss

    Clutch Points "With four minutes to go in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, USC football held a 45-30 lead over Tulane. The game looked to be in the bag. A fourth touchdown of the game for Tyjae Spears cut the Trojan lead to 8, but again, with a little over three minutes and a Heisman winner at quarterback,..." January 03

  • Tulane’s historic Cotton Bowl comeback vs. USC reminds us why we love college football

    The Athletic "It was fourth down, the game on the line, and Michael Pratt was on the run. Here he was again. In the midst of the madness Monday, the Tulane quarterback flashed back to last year, the Week 1 trip to Oklahoma. That was supposed to be a home game, but Hurricane Ida..." January 03

  • USC WR Jordan Addison Out of Cotton Bowl With Injury; Expected to Enter Draft

    Bleacher Report "USC wide receiver Jordan Addison reportedly intended to play in the Cotton Bowl, but an injury has changed his plans. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Addison suffered a "minor setback with his ankle" during the Pac-12 Championship Game against Utah..." December 21

  • USC QB Caleb Williams Confident He'll Play in Cotton Bowl Despite Hamstring Injury

    Bleacher Report "It sounds like the Tulane Green Wave are going to have to deal with the Heisman Trophy winner in the Cotton Bowl. USC quarterback Caleb Williams said he remains "confident" that he will play in the Jan. 2 bowl game despite suffering a hamstring injury during the Trojans'..." December 15

  • NLRB to pursue unlawful labor practices against USC, Pac-12, NCAA

    ESPN "An effort to legally recognize college football and basketball players at the University of Southern California as employees of their school, their conference and the NCAA took a significant step forward Thursday. The National Labor Relations Board has directed its Los Angeles..." December 15

  • Southern Cal QB Caleb Williams named Player of Year

    Sportsnaut "Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams was named the Associated Press Player of the Year on Thursday. He received 32 of 46 first-place votes (117 points) to easily beat out TCU quarterback Max Duggan, who earned six first-place votes and finished with 64 points. Ohio State QB..." December 08

  • 5-Star QB DJ Lagway Commits to Florida Over USC, Clemson, Texas A&M, Baylor

    Bleacher Report "DJ Lagway, a 5-star quarterback, announced his intention to attend the University of Florida on Wednesday, choosing the Gators over USC, Clemson, Texas A&M and Baylor. "I feel they're going to build something special and I definitely want to be part of it," Lagway..." December 07

  • Caleb Williams, C.J. Stroud, Max Duggan and Stetson Bennett named Heisman finalists

    The Athletic "Four quarterbacks — USC’s Caleb Williams, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, TCU’s Max Duggan and Georgia’s Stetson Bennett — are finalists for the 2022 Heisman Trophy. Here’s what you need to..." December 05

  • USC's Pac-12 Title Loss Opens the Door for Ohio State in Top Four of CFB Playoff

    Bleacher Report "It wasn’t supposed to end like this. No, USC’s dream season was destined for something more. The (soon-to-be) Heisman-winning quarterback was supposed to carry his team to a conference championship in his first year on campus. A program that has been down for so..." December 03

  • Inside the one-year makeover of Lincoln Riley's USC

    ESPN "Inside the training complex named after head coach John McKay on USC's campus, there's a whiteboard that has become more than just the backdrop of a classroom. Earlier this year, as players came together to begin spring ball for a team that looked completely different than the..." December 02

  • Lincoln Riley's USC Turnaround Has Been Staggering

    The Big Lead "A year ago yesterday, Lincoln Riley had his introductory press conference as the new head coach at USC. That came one day after he shocked the college football world by leaving Oklahoma to take over a team in the midst of a 4-8 season. The Trojans now find themselves in the top four..." November 30

  • QBs C.J. Stroud, Hendon Hooker, Caleb Williams finalists for Maxwell Award

    The Athletic "Quarterbacks C.J. Stroud (Ohio State), Caleb Williams (USC) and Hendon Hooker (Tennessee) are finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the “player of the year” in college football, ESPN announced Tuesday, along with the rest of the National College..." November 29

  • Lincoln Riley’s firm take on USC football ‘revenge game’ narrative in Pac-12 Championship vs. Utah

    Clutch Points "USC football head coach Lincoln Riley addressed the ‘revenge game’ narrative ahead of their Pac-12 Championship clash with Utah, per Antonio Morales. “This is not a revenge game,” Riley said. “This is not what this is. We played a really good..." November 29

  • Why USC should be ranked ahead of LSU in College Football Playoff rankings

    Clutch Points "Whenever the new edition of the College Football Playoff Top 25 releases, controversy immediately follows. The latest rankings were no exception and immediately raised questions among college football fans after the release on Tuesday night. Many placements drew controversy, but none..." November 25

  • Caleb Williams’ Heisman moment — plus a defensive stop! — sends USC to Pac-12 title game

    The Athletic "Amid the frenzy, Caleb Williams calmly climbed, rung by rung. Soon enough, it was the USC quarterback standing tall with the crowd in front of him as it roared in excitement. These are the types of moments he came to USC for. At this point in time, he was leading..." November 20

  • NFL scouts already view USC Trojans QB Caleb Williams as potential No. 1 pick in 2024

    Sportsnaut "Caleb Williams emerged as one of the best college football quarterbacks immediately upon his debut. He took over for Spencer Rattler and became the star of the Oklahoma Sooners offense then followed Lincoln Riley to the USC Trojans. While Williams doesn’t become draft-eligible..." November 18

  • A historic matchup hits the USC and UCLA rivalry this week

    ESPN "Shane Lee was confused. The USC linebacker walked out of Monday morning meetings this week and saw the Trojan statue near the center of campus covered in shimmering silver tape pulled taut. Lee, who transferred to USC this offseason from Alabama had to turn to backup..." November 18

  • College Football Playoff Rankings: USC, You're the Pac-12's Final Hope

    Bleacher Report "If every season is solely judged on which programs reach the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 has consistently fallen on the wrong side of that pass-or-fail exercise. After two months of optimism in 2022, the conference is merely a USC loss removed from another failing..." November 16

  • USC HC Lincoln Riley drops a bold Caleb Williams Heisman Trophy take

    Clutch Points "As the stretch run of the college football season has now arrived, there will be a multitude of storylines to watch over the remainder of regular season play. For one, there still is no clear-cut frontrunner for the 2022 Heisman Trophy award, although players such as USC quarterback Caleb..." November 10

  • 2 reasons USC is helped by Notre Dame joining College Football Playoff Top 25

    Clutch Points "The USC Trojans have been one of the most consistent teams in the 2022 college football season. They are 8-1 so far, with their only loss coming against the Utah Utes, who once were in the AP top 10. The Trojans are in a good position to be in the Pac-12 Championship Game, but they..." November 09

  • Pac-12 commissioner says fans 'not in favor' of USC, UCLA move

    ESPN "USC's and UCLA's upcoming move to the Big Ten has not been popular with their supporters, according to Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff. Both USC and UCLA will become full members of the Big Ten in 2024 after an offseason move that changed the structure of..." October 26

  • Oregon football: 3 reasons Ducks will win Pac-12 over USC, UCLA, Utah

    Clutch Points "Oregon football looks to be in a very good spot. A step back from recent success under Mario Cristobal was expected this season as he departed for Miami and was replaced by Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning, but quite the opposite has been true thus far. There are currently..." October 25

  • Wildest coaching carousel ever? USC, Ohio State, Miami, Bama and the crucial 2000-01 cycle

    The Athletic "At the end of 2021, seven of the best jobs in college football became available at roughly the same time. USC, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami and Oregon hitting the market in one season was a remarkable occurrence, one without much recent..." October 13

  • The rise of USC and UCLA make college football relevant in Los Angeles again

    ESPN "The Rose Bowl press box was shaking. UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson had found wide receiver Logan Loya on a crossing route across the middle and the receiver had turned it into a 70-yard touchdown. The score put the Bruins up 10 points on No. 11 Utah and..." October 11

  • Alabama beat out Texas, Georgia, USC for top WR recruit Jalen Hale

    Clutch Points "Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have signed yet another top recruit from the class of 2023. This time, it comes in the addition of wide receiver Jalen Hale. Hale is the 42nd-ranked player in the nation, as well as the eighth-ranked wide..." September 21

  • Oozing with talent, USC Trojans' Air Raid offense among best in college football

    ESPN "The story of USC's offense so far this season might best be told by starting with the man who has played only five total snaps. Aadyn Sleep-Dalton wears number 42, hails from Australia, and even if you've watched every USC game this season, you might have missed..." September 20