With his team facing one of the most difficult schedules in the country, Clay Helton is stressing toughness -- physical and mental -- for the Trojans.
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At least three Pac-12 quarterbacks appear as shoo-ins to reach the 3,000-yard plateau. Who will join them? A team-by-team look.
You'd think 33 wins over three seasons would make a coach untouchable. Not so at Oregon, where Mark Helfrich is on less stable ground than his peers.
The Pac-12 had six receivers reach 1,000 yards last season. How many can we expect to hit quadruple figures this year?
USC coach Clay Helton is sick of the word 'talent' after four straight seasons of four losses or more.
Some will have playoff implications. Some feature a team that needs to finally shut up its rival. Others might save a coach's job. Here are the games that have a little extra meaning in 2016.
The Week 1 slate is a veritable smorgasbord, with bluebloods in Texas and football in Sydney. Here's the most pressing storyline for each Pac-12 team.
The race for College Football Playoff spots will be impacted early this season with several interesting matchups in Week 1.
Strength of schedule matters more than ever in the playoff era. So when you settle in on Sept. 3 to watch Alabama-USC, Oklahoma-Houston, Auburn-Clemson and more, you can thank the CFP.
Alabama-USC, Oklahoma-Houston and LSU-Wisconsin at Lambeau Field are highlights of a memorable lineup -- part of a new trend toward a stronger Week 1 slate.
Which Pac-12 schools are likely to feature a 1,000-yard rusher in 2016? Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington are among the strong bets.
Ohio State, USC and Ole Miss all have huge plans for a 2016 College Football Playoff run. But those three schools are part of a seven-team block that's good, but not good enough, for the CFP.
Uncommitted QB Jack Sears took center stage in Northern California and nine earned invitations to The Opening Finals.
The plan, as of now, is to play Adoree' Jackson eight to 10 snaps on offense while being a full-time player on defense for USC.
It's a West Coast conundrum: If a player turns in the most outstanding season in the nation, but his games are played while much of the country is sleeping, can he win the Heisman Trophy?
Will Browne be USC's man?
Max Browne is the leading candidate for USC's starting job, and he certainly has waited his turn. Don't count out redshirt freshman Sam Darnold, though, as the mammoth season opener against Alabama looms. Ranking QB battles (Insider)
Notre Dame and Alabama lead the nation's top post-springcollege football quarterback battles.
Visits to Oklahoma, Arizona and Nebraska are in the works for ESPN 300 receiver and USC could be a possibility.
Likely the most intriguing game nationally in Week 1, USC will face defending national champion Alabama in Arlington, Texas, on Sept. 3.
Trojan foursome on Kiper's list
Underclassman JuJu Smith-Schuster will be the most sought-after USC product come draft time next year (assuming he declares). Which Trojans will also be coveted by NFL teams next spring? Top offensive players for 2017 draft (Insider)
Trojans offense looking good for 2016
Every offensive starter except QB Cody Kessler returns for USC in 2016. Ultimately, USC's offensive success depends on its QB's development, but the Trojans have the experience and depth elsewhere to be among the top offenses in the nation. Top offenses for 2016 (Insider)