The USC Trojans kick off their 2013 season against the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warriors, with the hopes of redeeming themselves after a tumultuous 2012 effort. With new coaches, new talent and a new quarterback under center, the Trojans have grown substantially over the past month in fall camp, though they still have a long way to go.
In addition to opening its season, the Trojans are celebrating 125 years of athletics in 2013, and are certainly looking for a win to set the year off right.
USC could not have asked for a better opponent for its two green quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek to debut against. The Rainbow Warriors and the Trojans have clashed eight times since 1930, and USC has emerged the victor each time. And USC hasn't just won—it's won big. The Trojans have beaten the Warriors on average 49-14, and 49-10 in their most recent tilt in 2012.
This season the Trojans have yet to cement a starting quarterback and in addition to that minor problem, their leading rusher Silas Redd will miss the season opener as he continues to heal from a torn meniscus sustained in spring camp. The secondary is loaded with talent, though largely inexperienced at the collegiate level. For Hawaii, the Rainbow Warriors are fielding a team with many returners, though whether or not they can hang with the Trojans has yet to be determined.
But first, the vitals:
KICKOFF: 8:05 p.m. PT
PLACE: Aloha Stadium
TV: CBS SPORTS
Radio: 710 ESPN
Spread: USC (-21.5) at Hawaii