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2024 USC Trojans College Football Betting

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Lincoln Riley has not met expectations in his first two years as the head coach of the USC Trojans. Riley cut and ran from the Oklahoma Sooners in the dead of night after the 2021 season to run off to La-La Land. Riley was celebrated as the perfect fit for a school that had plenty of skill. But USC should have studied Riley’s record at Oklahoma more closely. While Riley was an undeniable quarterback whisperer with prolific offenses, his defenses were consistently defenseless. Now, Riley is facing doubts and criticism after two under-par campaigns. It was said that Riley bailed on Oklahoma to avoid its move to the SEC. Instead, he ended up at a program that will move to the tough as nails Big Ten. If Riley’s teams have never had a physical presence it would be a good idea to start in 2024.

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There’s enough talent and coaching acumen for USC to be a fringe College Football Playoff contender in an expanded 12-team field. Still, the general unknown at quarterback combined with a transition to the Big Ten could make for an uneven 2024 campaign. Also, the Trojans need to make big-time progress on defense and solidify the offensive line to challenge Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan, and Penn State atop the conference.

Fielding a productive offense has never been a problem for Lincoln Riley. The Air Raid savant has produced a top-eight scoring offense in all seven of his seasons as a head coach. He has the rare distinction of being the only head coach to tutor three Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks, the most recent being No. 1 overall pick Caleb Williams.

Still, losing a dazzling dual-threat signal-caller like Williams, combined with the move to the Big Ten, has introduced an element of skepticism. Not only will the Trojans be transitioning into a more defensive-minded league, but they’ll also be relying on a host of new offensive starters across the board who are either underclassmen or inexperienced (or both).

The USC defense is undergoing a radical makeover highlighted by new coordinator D’Anton Lynn, who arrived from UCLA after taking the Bruins from 87th in total defense to 11th in just one year. Riley also lured FCS North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz to serve as linebackers coach; Super Bowl-winner Eric Henderson is the new line coach; and former Houston DC Doug Belk will revamp the secondary.

There remain questions about the depth and overall talent level. DT Bear Alexander, LB Eric Gentry, and DB Akili Arnold are players to build around at all three levels. Still, it may not be until deep into the conference schedule that meaningful progress is made elsewhere.

2024 USC Trojans Football Schedule

Sep 1 vs. LSU - -
Sep 7 vs. Utah State - -
Sep 14 OFF
Sep 21 at Michigan - -
Sep 28 vs. Wisconsin - -
Oct 5 at Minnesota - -
Oct 12 vs. Penn State - -
Oct 19 at Maryland - -
Oct 25 vs. Rutgers - -
Nov 2 at Washington - -
Nov 9 OFF
Nov 16 vs. Nebraska - -
Nov 23 at UCLA - -
Nov 30 vs. Notre Dame  - -

The USC Trojans are on the top level of college football blue blood and traditional power programs as the greatest program on the west coast. USC has 11 claimed national championships with six unclaimed titles. The Trojans have won 39 conference championships.

Howard Jones was the first big winner at USC with three nattys from 1925 through 1940. And then, John McKay offered the second era of glory with four national titles in his reign from 1960 through 1975. McKay’s top assistant, John Robinson, won a natty in 1978. And then Pete Carroll won his two championships in a tenure that ran from 2001 through 2009.

There has been a litany of superstars that have played for the Trojans. Namely, Carson Palmer, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart, Charles White, Mike Garrett, OJ Simpson, and Marcus Allen rocked Heisman Trophies. Other superstar Men of Troy included Frank Gifford, Ron Yary, Lynn Swann, Ronnie Lott, Rickie Bell, Ron Mix, Willie Wood, Junior Seau, and Troy Polamalu.

Yes, this is one special and storied program trying for a return to glory under Lincoln Riley.

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