Some USC coaches believe the games against Ohio State and California, which are road games could be their toughest games this year. The coaches do not know how the team will react playing before a hostile crowd of 105,000 at Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State lost more than 25 players from last year’s team including Beanie Wells their best leading rusher and Brian Robiskie their best receiver. A year ago, the coaches privately were confident that they could shut Ohio State down. Sophomore Terrelle Pryor, with a full year of experience, should take a quantum jump in performance. If USC’s defense performs up to its potential, USC should be capable of defeating the Buckeyes.
Although Cal had a strong running game and a good defense, they were weak at the quarterback position last year. The starting quarterback will be Kevin Riley who in his first two years, has only been average at best. Without a strong passing game, it seems that Cal will have a difficult time defeating USC. I believe Oregon could be USC’s toughest game since the game will be played at Oregon, and they have a powerful offense. The Trojans have lost to Oregon schools on their turf for three consecutive years.