2014 USC Football Schedule Announced|
Jan. 8, 2014
USC’s 2014 football schedule has been announced by the Pac-12 and it features six home games in the Coliseum, including meetings with intersectional rival Notre Dame and defending Pac-12 South Division champ Arizona State and a Thursday night contest against California.
Overall, USC’s 12-game schedule features nine teams that played in a bowl this past season, six that won at least eight games (including four that had 10-plus victories) and four that were in the final AP rankings.
Troy's non-conference opponents in 2014 are Fresno State, Boston College and Notre Dame. The Trojans will not play Oregon or Washington in the regular season in 2014.
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New USC head coach Steve Sarkisian’s coaching debut will come at home on Aug. 30 against 2013 Mountain West Conference champion Fresno State, the team the Trojans defeated in the Las Vegas Bowl to close last season. It will mark the first time since the 1916 finale and the 1917 opener that Troy has played the same team consecutively.
The Trojans then travel to two-time defending Pac-12 champion Stanford on Sept. 6. It is the Pac-12’s first conference game of 2014.
USC stays on the road on Sept. 13 when it goes to Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Boston College, Troy’s first visit there since 1988.
After a bye, the Trojans resume Pac-12 play by returning home for a pair of games, first against Oregon State on Sept. 27 and then reigning Pac-12 South Division champ Arizona State on Oct. 4.
USC then goes to Arizona on Oct. 11 before hosting Colorado on Oct. 18. Troy is on the road the following two weeks, at Utah on Oct. 25 and at Washington State on Nov. 1, then has a bye weekend.
The Trojans return to action by hosting California in a Thursday night contest on Nov. 13, just the second non-Thanksgiving or non-bowl Thursday game USC has played in the Coliseum.
USC concludes its regular season with back-to-back encounters with its traditional rivals, first visiting crosstown foe UCLA in the Rose Bowl on Nov. 22 and then hosting Notre Dame in a Thanksgiving weekend clash on Nov. 29
Game times and television plans for USC's 2014 games will be announced at a later date. All games will be nationally televised by either the ESPN channels, ABC, FOX, FOX Sports 1 or Pac-12 Networks.
The Pac-12 Championship Game will be played on Friday, Dec. 5, at the stadium of the division winner with the best overall conference record.
The Trojans, No. 19 in the final 2013 poll rankings, are coming off a 10-4 season, having won six of their final seven games.
USC returns 16 starters (8 each on offense and defense), plus its kicker and punter, from 2013. Among the top returnees are All-American defensive end Leonard Williams (13.5 tackles for loss with 6 sacks in 2013), tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen (1,027 all-purpose yards and 15 TDs last year), wide receiver Nelson Agholor (the nation’s No. 2 punt returner in 2013 who had 56 receptions and 1,444 all-purpose yards), quarterback Cody Kessler (20 TDs, 2,968 yards in 2013), linebacker Hayes Pullard (USC’s 2013 tackle leader with 94), cornerback/safety Josh Shaw (4 interceptions in 2013) and Freshman All-American safety Su’a Cravens (4 interceptions in 2013). USC’s defense ranked in the national Top 25 in eight statistical categories this past season, including in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense.
2014 USC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 30 – Fresno State
Sept. 6 – at Stanford
Sept. 13 – at Boston College
Sept. 27 – Oregon State
Oct. 4 – Arizona State
Oct. 11 – at Arizona
Oct. 18 – Colorado
Oct. 25 – at Utah
Nov. 1 – at Washington State
Nov. 13 (Th.) – California
Nov. 22 – at UCLA
Nov. 29 – Notre Dame