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ASU Football Opponent Primer: USC Trojans

Can ASU win two in a row against USC?

Notre Dame v USC Photo by Keith Birmingham/Digital First Media/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

Arizona State 2019 Schedule

Kent State (Aug. 29) - Read

Sacramento State (Sept. 6) - Read

At Michigan State (Sept. 14) - Read

Colorado (Sept. 21) - Read

At Cal (Sept. 27) - Read

Washington State (Oct. 12) - Read

At Utah (Oct. 19) - Read

At UCLA (Oct. 26) - Read

USC (Nov. 9)

At Oregon State (Nov. 16)

Oregon (Nov. 23)

Arizona (Nov. 30)

USC’s 2018 Season

Led by true freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels, the Trojans has one of their worst seasons in recent memory. Losing five of their last six games they finished 5-7 on the season. Their first losing record since 2000. They lost to both their major rivals (UCLA & Notre Dame) for the first time in the same season since 2013. Clay Helton’s job was in question following the bowl-less 3rd place Pac-12 south finish, but Athletic Director Lynn Swann announces on November 25th that he would stay.

Key Returners

As stated earlier, J.T. Daniels led the Trojan offense last season. He will back at the helm this year. His 14-10 TD to INT ratio last season is not one to write home about, but being a top recruit two season ago out of high school he will have a great chance for an improved season. A great reason for that is the USC recieving core. Michael Pittman Jr., Amon-Ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns will all be returning to the Coliseum this fall. The trio is as dangerous as any in the Pac-12.

Biggest Losses

The Trojans defense will be very young this season. Defensive backs Marvell Tell and Iman Marshall led the secondary last season were drafted and the leader of the defense, linebacker Cam Smith, was drafted as well.

Reasons why ASU could win

The USC defense is scrambling right now, and the team is coming off its worst season in the century. If the Trojans can not seem to figure it out, then it could be a long day for Helton and Daniels against the potent ASU defense.

Reasons why ASU could lose

J.T. Daniels was the Gatorade National Player of the Year two seasons ago. He was supposed to be senior in high school last year. His first year showed glimpses of promise and greatness. He could be a player that carries a talented offense like USC to many wins. It’s also worth noting that USC did not play him against ASU last year as he suffered a concussion the week earlier. He has the potential to have a breakout season and run the table in the Pac-12 south. Only time will tell if he can play up to his full potential and back up the hype.