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Conference of Quarterbacks

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USC junior Cody Kessler is one of eight Pac-12 quarterbacks on the Davey O'Brien Award 2014 Preseason Watch List.  The conference tops all others in elite quarterbacks going into the season.

Click here for the complete list.

Kessler is taking a lot of confidence into his second year as a starter.  He passed for 2,967 yards and 20 TDs as a sophomore, while demonstrating accuracy (65.2%) and ball security (only 7 interceptions).

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OFFICIAL: USC vs. Alabama in 2016

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USC will take on Alabama on September 3, 2016, as part of the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The mouth-watering matchup of college football titans is a Labor Day weekend neutral site game.  Information on ticket sales, kickoff time and televising network for the 2016 Cowboys Classic will be announced at a later date.  The Trojans' originally-scheduled game on that Saturday date, at home against New Mexico, has been moved to September 19, 2020, in the Coliseum.

"We are excited to participate in a game that is such an attractive matchup for the nation's fans," said new USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian.  "The 2016 Cowboys Classic not only brings together two of college football's most tradition-laden and successful programs, but teams that in 1970 played a significant role in shaping the history of the game.

"At USC, we have always tried to schedule as many outstanding non-conference opponents as possible because we believe that should be part of the experience our players get when they come here.  The Trojans versus the Crimson Tide in Arlington will certainly be such a game."

Alabama leads the all-time series 5-2 over USC, but the Trojans enjoyed two historic victories over the Tide in Birmingham.  Led by African-American fullback Sam Cunningham (pictured), tailback Clarence Davis and quarterback Jimmy Jones, USC pounded Alabama 42-21 in 1970 serving as the catalyst for the integration of Southern football.  In 1978, the two national powers split the national title despite the Trojans 24-14 win over the Tide.

USC is 21-11-1 all-time against the vaunted Southeastern Conference, including four consecutive victories, but Alabama is the rare program that can compete historically with the Trojans tradition. In their history, the teams have produced 26 national champions (11 by USC, 15 by Alabama), 66 bowl victories (32 USC, 34 Alabama), 7 Heisman Trophy winners (6 USC, 1 Alabama), 272 All-American first teamers (161 USC, 111 Alabama), 797 NFL draftees (483 USC, 314 Alabama), 52 College Football Hall of Fame players (31 USC, 21 Alabama) and such legendary coaches as USC's Howard Jones, John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll and Alabama's Wade Wallace, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant and current head coach Nick Saban.

The Alabama showdown is the latest in the line of historical showcase matchups for the Trojans who have a reputation of taking on all comers.  Along with the annual series against Notre Dame since 1926 and the upcoming home-and-home with Texas in 2017 (in Los Angeles) and 2018 (in Austin), USC has played Ohio State, Auburn, Nebraska, Penn State, Arkansas, Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Syracuse, Hawaii, Minnesota and Virginia on its regular season non-conference slate in the last 15 years.

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ON SALE: Single Game Tickets

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USC football single game tickets are now available for purchase for the first five 2014 home games against Fresno State (Aug. 30), Oregon State (Sept. 27), Arizona State (Oct. 4), Colorado (Oct. 18) and California (Nov. 13).  Individual tickets start at $50 in the Peristyle and $55 in the west end zone.

To purchase tickets, go to GetTrojanTix.com or call the USC ticket office at 213-740-GO SC (4672).

Tickets for the Nov. 29 home game against traditional rival Notre Dame must be purchased as part of a mini-plan or season ticket package. Both packages are still on sale, with mini-plans starting at $96 and season tickets at $295.

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Season Ticket Holder Experiences

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USC season ticket holders are being offered dream experience upgrades like running out of the Coliseum tunnel with the team or getting a pregame locker room tour as an additional exclusive benefit of purchase. 

You must be a season ticket holder, so click here to purchase your seats now.

At an additional price, season ticket holders can choose from a menu of VIP experiences including a welcome message on the Coliseum video board, a pregame photo on the field, an autographed helmet during Trojan Walk or a photo with the Song Girls. 

The experiences are all limited availability, so reserve your spot now.

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The No. 1 Target

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Junior wide receiver Nelson Agholor has been the Robin to Robert Woods' and Marqise Lee's Batman for the first two years of his career, but he is USC's marked man in 2014.  The playmaker is a preseason candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, which is annually given to the nation's best receiver.

Click here for the complete list.

Lee won the Biletnikoff in 2012, and Woods was a finalist in 2011, but Agholor was the Trojans' leading receiver last year with 56 catches for 918 yards and 6 touchdowns.

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2013-14 Timelines

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The Pac-12 Network recapped an eventful year in USC athletics on a Trojan-specific episode of Timelines which takes fans through a tumultuous football season, a Cinderella women's basketball's tournament run, two more national titles and more.

Enjoy the full episode below...


Freshmen Numbers

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The 2014 USC football roster has been officially updated with jersey numbers for the incoming freshmen class as well as a couple changes to veterans' uniforms.

Click here for the roster.

Of note, sophomore WR Darreus Rogers is bringing back No. 1, which was never given out during Lane Kiffin's tenure.  LB Quinton Powell went from No. 52 to No. 18, and freshman CB Chris Hawkins switched from No. 29 to No. 4.

Here are the freshmen numbers:

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Battling in the Box

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OL Max Tuerk, DL Leonard Williams and LB Hayes Pullard are all on the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List, which eyes the best player in the trenches. 

Click here for the complete list.

The Trojan trio has littered many of the preseason watch lists with much expected of the returning veterans.  Williams is already an All-American, while Pullard was All-Pac-12 Second Team in 2013.  Tuerk (pictured) is making a big move to center this season continuing to prove his versatility and leadership.

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The End Game

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College football has a new prize to award annually to its champion after the unveiling of the CFB Playoff trophy today.  The first ever College Football Playoff begins in 170 days with national semifinals at the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl before the championship game in North Texas.

From a USC perspective, OL Zach Banner said it best in a tweet this morning.


Backers for Butkus

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USC seniors Hayes Pullard and J.R. Tavai made the 2014 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List for the nation's best linebackers. 

Click the link for the complete list: Butkus Award 2014 Watch List 071414.pdf

The selection is a no-brainer for Pullard, one of the country's top returning tacklers and the Trojans' defensive captain, but the perpetually underrated Tavai is a new name on the national scene.  The outside linebacker has earned a reputation for an irrepressible motor collecting 3.5 sacks and 8 tackles for loss last season.

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