Challenges Abound: A Preview of Southern California's 2009 Schedule

John EngstromContributor IAugust 8, 2009

Challenges Abound: A Preview of Southern California’s 2009 Schedule

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans runs on to the field during warm ups before the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the 95th Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi on January 1, 2009 at the Rose Bowl in Pasade

San Jose St.—September 5, at home—Moderately challenging

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    30 Dec 1998: A portrait of head coach Dick Tomey of the Arizona Wildcats as he watches from the sidelines during the Holiday Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Arizona defeated Nebraska 23-20. Mandatory

Washington St.—September 26, at home—Moderately challenging

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    SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 24: Kevin McCall #20 of the Washington State Cougars carries the ball during the 100th Apple Cup Game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium on November 24, 2007 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Stanford—November 14, at home—Moderately challenging

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    STANFORD - NOVEMBER 15:  Toby Gerhart #7 of Stanford Cardinals carries the ball during the game against the USC Trojans at Stanford Stadium on November 15, 2008 in Stanford, California. (Photo by: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Arizona—December 5, at home—Challenging

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    LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 20:  Ronnie Palmer #33 and Devin Ross #6 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrate after the team's 31-21 victory over the Brigham Young University Cougars in the Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium December 20, 2008 in Las Vegas, Neva

UCLA—November 28, at home—Challenging

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    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:   Reggie Carter #51 of the UCLA Bruins looks on during the game against the Washington Huskies at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on September 22, 2007 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Washington—September 19, at Washington—Challenging

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    PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 06:  Offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian of the USC Trojans watches warm ups before the game against the UCLA Bruins on December 6, 2008 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Arizona St.—November 7, at Arizona St.—Very challenging

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    25 Dec 1995: Portrait of the entrance to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, where the Arizona Cardinals and the Arizona State Sun Devils play football.

Oregon St.—October 24, at home—Very challenging

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 3:  Head coach Mike Riley talks with quarterback Sean Canfield #5 of the Oregon State Beavers in the game against the USC Trojans on November 3, 2007 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. USC won 24-3.   (Photo by

Notre Dame—October 17, at Notre Dame—Very challenging

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    SOUTH BEND,IN - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish leads the huddle during the game against the Michigan Wolverines on September 13, 2008 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by: Gregory Shamus/Get

Ohio St.—September 12, at Ohio St.—Extremely challenging

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    COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 25: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressell instructs his quarterback Terrell Pryor #2 during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 25, 2008 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Imag

California—October 3, at California—Extremely challenging

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    BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 25: Runningback Jahvid Best #4 of the Cal Golden Bears carries the ball  during the game against the UCLA Bruins at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Oregon—October 31, at Oregon—Extremely challenging

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30:   Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli #2 of the University of Oregon Ducks runs into the endzone for a touchdown against the tackle of Free Safety Quinton Moore #26 of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys during the Pacific Life Holi
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