USC edges Oregon as preseason media pick to win Pac-12

BURBANK, Calif. -- Southern California was picked to win its first Pac-12 football title since 2008 in a preseason media poll Thursday. The Trojans received 21 of 45 votes for the title, edging defending champion Oregon. The Ducks got 17 votes for the top spot and were picked to win the North division, while USC is favored to win the South. Oregon has won four of the last six league...
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21 hours ago  |  Discuss

USC is No. 10 in coaches' preseason top 25 poll

The Pac-12 released its preseason media poll, and the voting members picked USC to bring home the crown. Shortly after, USA TODAY Sports released the Amway Coaches Top 25 Poll with USC as the second highest-ranked Pac-12 team at No. 10 behind No. 5 Oregon.Here's what USA TODAY Sports had to say about the Trojans:"The Pac-12 South is crowded, but QB Cody Kessler and a steady defense...
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22 hours ago  |  Discuss

DeForest Buckner named No. 1 Pac-12 draft prospect

Who is the best NFL prospect in the Pac-12 right now? Most people would assume that it would have to be a QB, likely either Cal's Jared Goff or USC's Cody Kessler. While both are very talented, the NFL may be more interested in Oregon defensive lineman DeForest Buckner.Here is why Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke believes Buckner could be a top-10 pick in 2016:"Former Duck Arik...
Via Fox Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

USC in the market for another five-star quarterback?

Tate Martell is a five-star quarterback out of national powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.He released his top five schools, and USC made the cut. Also making the cut are Alabama, Washington, Texas A&M and Michigan. The Trojans already have a crowded group at quarterback. Cody Kessler is undoubtedly the starter for 2015 with Max Browne as his backup. The Trojans also have...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cody Kessler: I came back to USC to win a championship

There comes a time in every college football player’s life that they must make a huge decision. After three years in college, you are eligible to leave and enter the NFL Draft. Most of the time, you see some of the bigger names in college football do this because they were never really focused on getting a degree anyway. While his motivation for coming back to college may have...
Via Campus Sports Net
3 days ago  |  Discuss

USC Football: Looking at the running backs

Justin Davis When looking at the 2015 offense for USC football, the standouts include quarterback Cody Kessler and wide receiver JuJu Smith. Kessler is being predicted to have a Heisman-season and Smith should step into the role of primary target through the air. The Trojans are sure to have an explosive aerial attack with Kessler at the helm and Smith leading the receiving corps...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Someone updated USC's roster, ratings in NCAA '14 video game

If you were ever a fan of EA Sports' "NCAA '14" video game, then this news might put you in better spirits.A group of gamers from Operation Sports have taken it upon themselves to update USC's roster and ratings for the popular college football video game. The NCAA and EA Sports last year ended their licensing agreement following a lawsuit brought on by former players arguing the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top 7 Pac-12 Heisman candidates

Follow TSS on Twitter @TheStudentSect Folks seem to be coming around on the Pac-12. Times were, if you said it was possibly the best conference in college football, people would start looking for the cap to your whiskey bottle. Now, while some will concede the point and painfully agree, even the closet dissenters keep one eye open late on a Saturday night to see what the fuss is...
Via The Student Section
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 College Football Preview: Is the hype surrounding USC a year too early?

We are only few weeks away from the start of fall camp so fans are starting to piece together the season they think their respective teams will have. The start of the 2015 season has a lot of storylines that I will discuss as well as break down what teams will be in the College Football Playoffs. First topic, is the hype surrounding USC a year too early?   After only one season...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Cody Kessler added to Davey O'Brien Award watch list

Cody Kessler flew under the radar for most of last season despite spectacular numbers. It's safe to say he'll be front and center come 2015.The senior quarterback was just named to the Davey O'Brien Award list, presented to the nation's top college football quarterback. This really doesn't come as a surprise given Kessler already is being thrust into the Hesiman Trophy picture.USC...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Davey O’Brien watch list for best QB

In a conglomerate of pre-season college football nominations being handed out, the Davey O’Brien Award features the smallest list of qualifiers, including a solo slot on Ohio State’s 3-quarterback depth chart (Cardale Jones). The quarterbacks on the 2015 pre-season list include two finalists from 2014 (Dak Prescott and Trevone Boykin) and seven others, whose named appeared on...
Via Campus Sports Net
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Manning Passing Academy college QBs among 2015 Heisman favorites

TCU's Trevone Boykin, Mississippi State's Dak Prescott, USC's Cody Kessler three of the top candidates
Via The Times Picayune - LSU
17 days ago

USC Football: Su’a Cravens

Su’a Cravens USC football has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season. The team is no longer under NCAA sanctions, Steve Sarkisian is entering his second season as the head coach and there is talent at every position. Senior quarterback Cody Kessler is getting a lot of attention as a Heisman-contender and dynamic sophomores JuJu Smith and Adoree’ Jackson will look to...
19 days ago  |  Discuss

ASU Football will battle USC for the PAC-12 South

Early predictions for NCAA Football have USC ranked pretty highly not only among the PAC-12, but among all NCAA teams in the nation. This year, ESPN’s early rankings currently have the Trojans ranked #5 for the fall, and have predicted them to win the PAC-12 south, with the expectancy to advance on the the PAC-12 finals and face Oregon for the title. USC is believed by many to...
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Cody Kessler: Being preseason No. 1 in 2012 got to us

The 2012 campaign got off to a roaring start inside Heritage Hall when Matt Barkley announced to the delight of a packed crowd that he would return for another season. He called it "Unfinished Business."That mantra followed him everywhere that season, but not in a positive light. USC, the preseason No. 1, lost to Stanford in the third game of the season. It wasn't long before the...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Cody Kessler makes top 15 list for potential Heisman Trophy candidate

There's been no shortage of talk when it comes to Cody Kessler emerging as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in 2015.And one writer at fans the flames in that regard. Mike Huguenin has put together a list of the top 15 players who could potentially be Heisman Trophy candidates near season's end. Not surprisingly, Kessler made the list.Just as Pitt's Conner quietly rushed...
Via Fox Sports
May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Trojans 2015 Preview and Prediction

High expectations are back at USC, as the Trojans return 14 starters from last year’s 9-4 team. Quarterback Cody Kessler headlines an offense...
Via Athlon Sports
May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Football: Matt Fink

Matt Fink For USC football, Cody Kessler will be the man in charge once the season kicks off this upcoming fall. But Kessler is in his last year of eligibility and after he moves on from the cardinal and gold, someone else is going to have to take over and lead the team. While the majority of Trojan fans should feel confident in the future of this team with current redshirt sophomore...
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Backup Quarterback Max Browne Using 2015 to Shine in 2016

Come autumn at USC, all eyes will be on redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler and his pursuit of the Heisman Trophy. The spring, however,...
Via Athlon Sports
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Which teams have the best QB groups heading into 2015?

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time to reconvene our college football roundtable for more discussion of the sport that we love. TSS Associate Editors Bart Doan and Terry Johnson join Kevin Causey and a rotating weekly guest in our weekly roundtables discussing all things college football. Last week we discussed the coaches you would turn to in a must win situation and...
Via The Student Section
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Football: Profiling Max Browne

Max Browne USC had its annual spring game on Saturday and while Cody Kessler is still the unquestioned starting quarterback and leader of the team, USC fans should also be excited about their future after Kessler. Kessler’s backup, redshirt sophomore Max Browne, impressed the crowd at the Coliseum and even received praise from his head coach Steve Sarkisian after the game. Browne...
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

What to watch for at the USC football spring game

When the gates open on Saturday afternoon, a wave of football-starved Trojan fans will make their way into the familiar confines of the Coliseum for a sneak peak at the coming attraction that is USC football.  Despite only being a few months removed from the narrow victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl, this is already a different team than the one that took the field against...
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Football: Studs two weeks through spring practice

With the members of the USC football team heading home to their families and treking to their spring break destinations, the Men of Troy have concluded two weeks of their spring regimen.  Under the burning Los Angeles sun, the team has completed six two-hour practices, unearthing a collection of outstanding performances.  Leading the group of studs are a rejuvenated bluechip recruit...
March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Trojans will ignore early accolades as spring begins

LOS ANGELES (AP) The senior class at Southern California knows from experience that where a team starts the season is not nearly as important as where it finishes. With quarterback Cody Kessler leading 16 starters returning from a team that went 9-4 last season, the Trojans opened spring practice Tuesday hoping to finish with championships instead of unfulfilled expectations. USC...
Via AP on Fox
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

A Glimpse at the Pac-12 Quarterbacks of 2015

The Pac-12 is known as a conference full of high powered offenses and that starts at the quarterback position. In 2014, the Pac-12 boasted Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota but the conference was very deep in QB talent. Cody Kessler, Brett Hundley, Sean Mannion, Connor Halliday and Anu Solomon are just some of the names you should be familiar with if you follow college football...
Via The Student Section
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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