Breaking down team schedules is always fun. It's even more fun when it involves the USC Trojans and a spanking new Pac-12 Conference.
The Trojans enter their second year under Lane Kiffin with a strong class of recruits and plenty of incumbent talent. The impending sanctions, impacting as they may be, are the only traces of a two-year fall from grace and rebuilding phase.
Now, the Trojans are ready to roll again.
The Pac-12 schedule incorporates conference newcomers, the Utah Utes and Colorado Buffaloes, to the annual rotation. USC will play both every year as part of the aligned South division.
The new conference proves tough as you read week by week through the schedule. The Trojans will have to bring their A game every week if they have hopes of reaching the Pac-12 Championship on December 3 (if the sanction appeal wins).
Here is a game-by-game breakdown of USC's inaugural Pac-12 season.