Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/26/14
The 2013 season for the USC Trojans was a chaotic one to say the least. The Trojans had three different head coaches over the course of the season last year. Head Coach Lane Kiffin began the year as the coach before being fired midseason after a disappointing start. The Trojans then named Ed Orgeron their interim coach for the rest of the regular season.After weeks of trying to determine who was going to be the new head coach of the USC Trojans after the regular season concluded, the Trojans finally announced former Trojans’ assistant coach Steve Sarkisian was the man for the job. Orgeron had lobbied hard for the job and was publically hurt that he wasn’t chosen to be the next head coach of the USC Trojans.The Trojans then had their 3rd coach of the season when they played Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl. Clay Helton, the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, was the interim coach against the Bulldogs. Helton helped rally the Trojans to an impressive 45-20 blowout of the Bulldogs.The 2014 season now begins a new era in USC football as Sarkisian begins his tenure as head coach. He knows the area well when it comes to recruiting, the fans and just the Trojan way in general. This will be a welcome sight after what the Trojan faithful went through with Kiffin as head coach.The upcoming season for USC will be interesting as we see how the Trojans respond to the head coaching change and how it helps them on the field of play. The move of hiring Sarkisian was accepted nicely by a vast majority of the fan base. His fun style of playing and up tempo offense will bring back memories of the Pete Carroll era in Southern California.The key component of the Trojans returning is junior quarterback Cody Kessler. Kessler threw for nearly 3,000 yards last year and accounted for 20 passing touchdowns. The new up tempo offense should help him show his true talents more as a passer than Kiffin’s grind it out style of offense did.The Trojans have seven starters returning on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The experience factor could be very beneficial for the Trojans in 2014, which will make Sarkisian’s first year a little smoother. USC could be a sleeper team to win the PAC 12 South division, but will have to go through their long time rival UCLA Bruins to do so.The 2014 USC schedule has some key dates that will determine how well their season goes. They will go back to the future as they start their season with the Fresno State Bulldogs. The Trojans and Bulldogs met in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl as I previously mentioned.The following week they travel to Stanford to play the Cardinal. This game will be a strong indicator as to how well the Trojans are going to do in the 2014 season. The Trojans have struggled against the Cardinal in the past, but did upset them last year 20-17.I will go through and tell how I see each one of the 12 regular season games for USC playing out. Here is how the Trojans will be projected to do in 2014.August 30- Fresno State Bulldogs @ USC Trojans- USC Trojans win 38-17September 6- USC Trojans @ Stanford Cardinal- Stanford Cardinal win 21-17September 13- USC Trojans @ Boston College- USC Trojans win 31-21September 20- Bye WeekSeptember 27- Oregon State Beavers @ USC Trojans- USC Trojans win 27-20October 4- Arizona State Sun Devils @ USC Trojans- USC Trojans win 37-28October 11- USC Trojans @ Arizona Wildcats-USC Trojans win 41-35October 18- Colorado Buffaloes @ USC Trojans- USC Trojans win 41-20October 25- USC Trojans @ Utah Utes- USC Trojans win 34-21November 1- USC Trojans @ Washington State Cougars- Washington State Cougars win 38-31November 8- Bye WeekNovember 13- California Golden Bears @ USC Trojans- USC Trojans win 42-24November 22- USC Trojans @ UCLA Bruins- UCLA Bruins win 31-24November 29- Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ USC Trojans- USC Trojans win 31-20So, after going through the 2014 USC Trojans’ schedule I have them finishing with a record of 9-3. I believe the Cardinal and UCLA will be the toughest challenges for the Trojans. USC has to travel to the Cardinal and UCLA, which will be the difference in those two games in my mind.I believe the road game against Washington State will be an upset and the offense of the Cougars will be too much. The first year for Sarkisian as head coach will be successful as they will have a chance at a ten win season for sure.The offense should be greatly improved in 2014 and the atmosphere will be much more positive in the Coliseum. The future for USC is on the upswing and will certainly be brighter now that Kiffin is out as head coach. The 2014 season for USC will be a great one and if they can pull a couple upsets they could easily be crowned 2014 PAC 12 South champions.
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