USC Off – *6/2 Def – 7/1 48 Lettermen
TEAM THEME: WELL-EQUIPPED TROJANS
After starting the season 1-2 for the first time since 2001, USC handed the keys over to phenom QB Sam Darnold, who lost his first start and then led the Trojans to nine straight wins – winning the stats in all ten games. Darnold finished with the 2nd-most passing yards (3,086) of all freshmen in 2016, and he projects as the No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL Draft (should he decide to enter). Hence, the 2017 Trojans are well-equipped, returning 81 squadmen from last year’s Rose Bowl champion team. A consensus national Top 5 recruiting class of 23 newcomers will join them. That likely tells you all you need to know.
STAT YOU WILL LIKE: USC beat both teams that played in the Pac-12 Championship Game last season.
PLAY AGAINST: as a favorite at Notre Dame (10/21)
This season we present a Power Play Preview on each team from a Power 5 conference. These plays are extracted from the 2017 Playbook Football Preview Guide magazine.
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