Trojan’s 2021 Schedule Features Pre-Notre Dame Bye, No Washington Or Oregon

Sept. 4 – San Jose State
Sept. 11 – Stanford
Sept. 18 – @ Washington State
Sept. 25 – Oregon State
Oct. 2 – @ Colorado
Oct. 9 – Utah
Oct. 16 – BYE
Oct. 23 – @ Notre Dame
Oct. 30 – Arizona
Nov. 6 – @ Arizona State
Nov. 13 – @ California
Nov. 20 – UCLA
Nov. 27 – BYU

USC has a beneficial and intriguing order of opponents. Seven home games are nice too.

All games are on Saturday.

No Oregon and Washington — the North Division’s top two in 2020.

Conference opponents combined for only a 20-27 record in 2020; the three non-conference opponents went 28-4.

USC loses its turn in the home-and-home Notre Dame cycle, and plays the Irish two straight in South Bend, this time after a bye weekend.

For the first time since 2009, USC will not end its reg season against either UCLA or Notre Dame.

For the first time, the Pac-12 championship will be held on Dec. 3 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev.

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Jamaica
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March 9, 2021 3:37 pm

Jim Harbaugh keeps firing his assistant coaches as did Mack Brown did over & over again his last years at Texas. And the wins still didn’t come enough. I could come up with other similar examples if I had to. No matter who or how many assistant coaches is brought into a program, it is still the HC that sets the tone in how the program executes. So no matter how much Mike Bohn surrounds Clay Helton with fresh assistants, Helton will affect the outcome just by sitting in meetings, walking the practice field and walking the sidelines in a… Read more »

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March 2, 2021 10:18 pm
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It is always hard to tell until they actually hit the field in a real game, but the BYU coaches seem pretty happy with their 4 way competition they have to replace Zach. One was their scout team QB that really impressed them last year.

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March 4, 2021 12:02 am
Reply to  Allen Wallace

Way too soon to call. I have seen good reports on all of them. Three of them played in live action last year.

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March 4, 2021 1:00 pm
Reply to  Allen Wallace

jaren Hall started two games in 2019 but left both for concussion protocol.
Jacob Conover was the practice squad qb and a four star out of Arizona. He is the one the defensive coordinator was raving about.
Another article mentions Baylor Romney has game experience but does not say where.
All-Jay Maiava-Peter is the other. But I am not seeing when he got in a game either. I had read a couple weeks ago that three had game experience.

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March 2, 2021 8:35 pm

Allen, what will have to happen this up coming season in order to move on from Clay Helton?

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March 2, 2021 5:42 pm

Good schedule: no weather games and NO WEEKDAY GAMES. Hopefully, this will be the last year of a Friday night Championship game.

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March 2, 2021 4:35 pm

The schedule as I see it not that easy. From Colorado to Arizona State USC is going to have its hands full, then there is always the ucla game. If SC goes 8-4 which I think they will, with a loss to ND and ucla it could finally be the end of Helton. I cannot figure out why the Pac12 moves the championship game to look big time in Las Vegas, then play it on Friday night. Friday night is for high schools, not NCAA conference championships.

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March 2, 2021 4:21 pm
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I am looking at how challenging this schedule is, not how easy. If USC wins most all of them, will they impress the pollsters? I don’t see it. If the Pac-12 conference is down (and it is), playing San Jose St. & BYU isn’t going to bring you many brownie points. If ASU & ND wins most their games, that’s all USC has to win any converts by beating these two teams which you know won’t happen in South Bend. Then you play Oregon or UDUB?

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March 2, 2021 4:07 pm

With this new USC-Pac12 football schedule, The WSU game has been moved up. No snow or heavy rain in Pullman during September. I now see two games USC will lose: at ND and at ASU. Now if Helton can pull out another escape not playing ND and the ASU game can somehow be moved to LA, then milk & cookies to everyone compliments of Clay Helton. Put this schedule against top teams in the SEC, Big 10 & ACC, and you will get belly laughs.

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March 2, 2021 1:02 pm

Hallelujah! Finally no Thursday or Friday games for SC in the regular season. Only OSU, UCLA and SC have none. But still the CCG is on a Friday, short week for all but CU, Utah, UW and WSU. If Huskies win the north nice advantage for them over the south winner unless Utah or Colorado win it.

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March 2, 2021 2:10 pm
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I don’t care to look, because Helton is still in charge, but are there any Pac-12 games starting at Pop-Warner 9-year-old teams kick-off? You know, Saturday morning at 9:00am?

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March 2, 2021 4:00 pm
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Haven’t seen start times yet. Hopefully only if on the east coast.

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March 2, 2021 4:39 pm
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Every game will be televised somewhere, but as always the networks pick and choose their time slots a week or so before the game.

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March 2, 2021 12:07 pm

I still feel this will be no better than a 500 season, but it would appear they are going as easy as possible on Hugs with this schedule.

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March 2, 2021 11:55 am

bye or no bye, not feeling like that game will be fun for me.

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March 2, 2021 12:55 pm
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I remember it well. I actually hate the Irish more than the little gutties. Given the choice between the two, I always want the win over ND.

Also I agree Kelly is so far superior to Clay. They were patient and weathered his down year knowing he’s a good coach. Now they reap the reward. He knows who he can bring in there and how they have to play to be successful. I do t think they will win a NC, but they are in the conversation. Something we are miles and miles away from.

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March 2, 2021 2:03 pm
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I have respected the Irish as a team of equals with SC–small private schools competing in the Division I neighborhood of State financed football programs. (Maybe foltie is reducing football to the point where this comparison will not apply any more.) I always described the issue as this: If my kids/grandkids go to ucla, they’re dead to me, out of the will, you get the idea. I would be okay if they went to ND.

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March 2, 2021 3:50 pm
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Yes Tony Rice gave USC defense fits as did Vince Young. Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson, Tim Tebow all created mismatches against pretty much all defenses. Seems to me a dual threat QB would fit in quite nicely in an AR offense, especially when you can’t run the ball. Maybe GH/Helton aren’t sophisticated enough trying to force a round peg into a square hole?
Has Helton ever recruited a pure dual threat QB?

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March 2, 2021 4:29 pm
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OK. Good. I might see him play after this coming season unless Slovis gets banged up. Interesting to see how this threat will change the offense production if Dart wins the starter.

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March 2, 2021 4:45 pm
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I would hope that Harrell takes Dart and immerses him heavily into the offense to get his feet wet. He will need to adjust to the speed on both sides of the ball. If Slovis goes down it would seem Fink would be the guy. If he can’t perform I would hope Helton would replace him, but I would never bet on that. Helton has a bad history of leaving inadequate players in the game. Toa!!