2013 USC Football Schedule Announced|
Jan. 10, 2013
USC's 2013 football schedule has been announced by the Pac-12 Conference.
The Trojans will play seven home games in the Coliseum in 2013. Overall, USC's 13-game schedule features seven teams that played in a bowl this year, all winning at least 8 games, and four who finished ranked in the final AP Top 25. Four opponents will be guided by new coaches.
USC will play twice on Thursday nights, including once at home, and one time on Friday night.
Troy's non-conference opponents in 2013 are Hawaii, Boston College, Utah State and Notre Dame. The Trojans will not play Oregon or Washington in the regular season in 2013 or 2014.
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USC will open its 2013 slate with a Thursday night road game on Aug. 29 against Norm Chow'sHawaii team, the fourth time that the Trojans have opened a season facing the Warriors in Honolulu's Aloha Stadium.
Troy then begins Pac-12 play by hosting Washington State on Sept. 7, the first of three consecutive home games for the Trojans. USC then welcomes a pair of squads that last visited the Coliseum in the 1980s: Boston College with new head coach Steve Addazio on Sept. 14 and defending Western Athletic Conference champion Utah State and new coach Matt Wells on Sept. 21.
The Trojans return to Pac-12 action at Arizona State on Sept. 28, then have a bye before hosting Arizona in a Thursday night contest on Oct. 10, the first-ever non-Thanksgiving or non-bowl Thursday game USC has played in the Coliseum (the last time USC played a weekday game at home was the 2002 opener against Auburn on Labor Day).
USC next travels to BCS Championship Game participant Notre Dame on Oct. 19 for its annual intersectional clash before returning home to host Utah on Oct. 26 on Trojan Family Weekend.
The Trojans then go to Oregon State for a Friday night game on Nov. 1, the first of three road trips in a four-game span. After visiting California, guided by new coach Sonny Dykes, on Nov. 9, USC returns to the Coliseum to play defending Pac-12 champ Stanford on Nov. 16 on Homecoming/Reunion Weekend before going to Colorado (under new coach Mike MacIntyre) on Nov. 23.
Troy concludes its regular season by hosting crosstown rival UCLA in a Thanksgiving weekend battle on Nov. 30.
Game times and television plans for USC's 2013 games will be announced at a later date. All games will be nationally televised by either ESPN, ABC, FOX or Pac-12 Networks.
The Pac-12 Championship Game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the stadium of the division winner with the best overall conference record.
USC returns 16 starters from its 2012 squad, including unanimous All-American first teamer and Biletnikoff Award-winning wide receiver Marqise Lee, who set Pac-12 season records for receptions (118) and receiving yards (1,721) while finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting, along with Hendricks Award finalist defensive end Morgan Breslin, Freshman All-American first teamers Leonard Williams at defensive tackle and Max Tuerk on the offensive line, tailback Silas Redd and linebackers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard.
The Trojans are coming off a 7-6 season in which they started off 6-1 before dropping five of their final six games.
2013 USC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 29 (Th.) -- at Hawaii
Sept. 7 -- Washington State
Sept. 14 -- Boston College
Sept. 21 -- Utah State
Sept. 28 -- at Arizona State
Oct. 10 (Th.) -- Arizona
Oct. 19 -- at Notre Dame
Oct. 26 -- Utah (Trojan Family Weekend)
Nov. 1 (Fr.) -- at Oregon State
Nov. 9 -- at California
Nov. 16 -- Stanford (Homecoming/Reunion Weekend)
Nov. 23 -- at Colorado
Nov. 30 -- UCLA