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College Football Preview: #1 USC Trojans

Here we are at #1. The USC Trojans are the last team to be previewed in our top 25 countdown. The Trojans are loaded on offense. Quarterback Matt Barkley would surely have been a first round pick in the NFL Draft, and with the number of rookies we will see starting opening week, there’s a good chance he would have been one of the starters. But he wanted to come back and “finish what he started” at USC.

Barkley has plenty of talented receivers to throw the ball to in Robert Woods, Marquise Lee and George Farmer. Woods is one of the leading candidates to win the Biletnikoff award given to college football’s top wide receiver. Coach Lane Kiffin says that Lee might be the best USC Wide Receiver ever by the time he’s finished. Remember this is the school that produced Lynn Swann,  Keyshawn Johnson, and Mike Williams. 

The defensive line may be the only weak spot on this team. They are young and inexperienced on the defensive front.

Another question mark on this team is what happens if Barkley gets hurt? They do not have a QB on the roster that has thrown a pass at USC. Also, with the sanctions recently over the Reggie Bush scandal, the Trojans have little depth. One bite from the injury bug and USC could be in big trouble.

The schedule looks like this for the Trojans:

Hawaii at home, Syracuse in New York and Stanford on the road are the first three opponents. That may not be Murderer’s Row, but it’s not as easy as some early schedules we’ve seen. Stanford could be very tough even without Andrew Luck.

From there they have Cal at home, an open date, Utah on the road, and Washington on the road. After that they get Colorado at home, at Arizona, and then the showdown against Oregon.

To end the season they will play Arizona State, at UCLA and Notre Dame at home.

We see only three possible losses on the schedule and two of those are very unlikely. But upsets do happen. However, if you can get USC with an over/under at 10 or lower, we recommend you take the over. Bet now at our top sportsbooks

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Sunday, August 26th, 2012 College Football 2012

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