With nearly three months until football season begins, it’s time to throw out my bold and brave thoughts and predictions for the 2010 Pac-10 football season. Bookmark this article and check back in January 2011 with my congratulations.
2010 Season Recap
1. USC Trojans 9-0 (13-0)
Under new coach Lane Kiffin, the Trojans will make a statement to the nation in returning their focus to efficiency and the running game.
A new coaching staff, bandwagon jumping fans, and a core of maturing, motivated players will propel this team to a Pac-10 and BCS national title. With the most favorable schedule in recent Trojan history, this talented squad is primed for a run at a national title.
Lane Kiffin will be the Pac-10 coach of the year and USC doubters will quickly disappear.
Quarterback Matt Barkley will complete over 60% of his passes and throw for 2,400 yards with 18 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
Senior Ronald Johnson will rocket up draft boards with over 65 receptions and 900 yards receiving.
Running backs Allen Bradford and C.J. Gable will combine for nearly 2,000 rushing yards in an offense that will use the passing game to set up the run. Fullback Stanley Havili will catch 45 passes and the offensive line led by Kristofer O’Dowd will dominate the line of scrimmage.
The lowest output of the season will be a 20 point performance against a disciplined Stanford defense in early October. Led by Barkley, the Trojan offense will average 33.9 points per game.
Linebackers Malcolm Smith and Trojan Chris Galippo in the secondary will make it the strongest since the pre-Pete Carroll era.
Safety T.J. McDonald will make Taylor Mays look like a junior varsity player.
Up front, offensive coordinators will concentrate on Jurrell Casey which will open up blocking lanes for Armond Armstead who will have 9 sacks on the year . The biggest tests of the year on defense will be home games against Oregon and Washington.
On the season, the Trojan defense will allow an average of 12.8 points per game .
September 2 @ Hawaii – USC 47, Hawaii 7
September 11 vs. Virginia – USC 35, Virginia 3
September 18 @ Minnesota – USC 31, Minnesota 6
September 25 @ Washington State – USC 54, Washington State 14
October 2 vs. Washington – USC 27, Washington 17
October 9 @ Stanford – USC 20, Stanford 13
October 16 vs. California – USC 35, California 13
October 30 vs. Oregon – USC 34, Oregon 24
November 6 vs. Arizona State – USC 42, Arizona State 3
November 27 vs. Notre Dame – USC 38, Notre Dame 13
December 4 @ UCLA – USC 31, UCLA 20
BCS National Championship Game @ Glendale Arizona
January 10, 2011 – USC 23, Alabama 17