UR SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (0-0, 0-0 MWC)/ NO. __ USC TROJANS (0-0. 0-0 PAC-12 SOUTH) Stadium: Memorial Coliseum (77,500) \Seating Chart: (See photo below) Mask requirement: All fans are required to wear a mask in the Coliseum (except when actively eating or drinking). The opening line: The Trojans are...

O/NSO: WeAreSC's Fight On3 Journey - special edition

The Obvious: Well, just when you thought the 2021 college football season and specifically the USC Trojans were returning to somewhat “normal” – if there is such a thing these days – you click on and suddenly you’re transported to an entirely different and innovative college football world, whose innovative Internet sports platform is called “On3.”
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IMHO Sunday: A reason for concern?

In my humble opinion, cardinal and gold thoughts on what I see, what I hear, and what I think from Los Angeles. Here come the Spartans: The defending Mountain West Champion San Jose State Spartans, fresh off a season-opening 45-14 trashing of visiting Southern Utah, will arrive in L.A. next weekend undefeated (1-0) for next Saturday afternoon’s Coliseum confrontation with the No. 15 USC Trojans, who will be making their 2021 season debut.
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WeAreSC to join On3

WeAreSC is joining the On3 network. After several years as an independent site, we are excited to announce the opportunity to join a budding network under the leadership of Shannon Terry (co-founder of Rivals, founder of 247 Sports) and already home to talents such as senior writer Ivan Maisel, Director of Recruiting Chad Simmons and fan sites Lettermen Row, Kentucky Sports Radio and Scoop Duck.

O/NSO: It’s about time edition

The Obvious: Time is now of the essence as the 2021 USC Trojans (photo above) are completing this week’s “Mock Game Week” in preparation for transitioning into next week’s actual game-week regimen for their season opener against the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday afternoon (2 p.m. PDT), Sept. 4, in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

USC to play LSU in 2024 Vegas Kickoff Classic

The USC Trojans and LSU Tigers will meet in the 2024 Vegas Kickoff Classic in a game that has been anticipated for nearly two decades. Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will be home to the first Kickoff Classic this fall, with a matchup between Arizona and BYU. The matchup between the Trojans and Tigers will be the second Kickoff Classic and one of the marquee college football events of the 2024 season. The game will air on ABC or ESPN with a date and time to be determined.

Jaxson Dart named No. 2 quarterback

Jaxson Dart is officially USC’s No. 2 quarterback to start the 2021 season, head coach Clay Helton announced Thursday morning. Dart won the battle with fellow true freshman Miller Moss for the right to back up returning starter Kedon Slovis. It’s a decision that has looked likely since the first few practices of spring ball, when both quarterbacks enrolled early but Dart was coming off a senior season in which he won the Gatorade Player of the Year Award and Moss hadn’t played competitive football in more than a year.

Tuesday practice report

USC was back on Howard Jones/Brian Kennedy Field on Tuesday afternoon and the Trojans were joined once again by running back Keaontay Ingram and Darwin Barlow, both back from two weeks on the sideline. Ins and outs. Running backs Keaontay Ingram and Darwin Barlow both returned to the field and...

Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten announce The Alliance

The Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten conferences announced the official formation of an alliance on Tuesday, bringing 41 schools together and launching a “collaborative approach surrounding the future evolution of college athletics and scheduling.”. The alliance was announced in a press release from the three conferences. This is simultaneously a...

Updating the progress of USC’s new arrivals as fall camp ends

No. 0 – Defensive end Korey Foreman – True freshman. Foreman is going to play this season and he might wind up playing a lot. There wasn’t a clear starting spot for him to step into, considering Drake Jackson returned at outside linebacker and both Tuli Tuipulotu and Nick Figueroa were back as defensive ends. But Foreman was the No. 1 overall recruit in the 2021 class and he’s played like it this fall. His motor runs non-stop and he brings a veteran’s array of pass rushing moves. The Trojans have some unique pieces along that front line and defensive coordinator Todd Orlando will figure out how best to use them all. Foreman likely won’t play every snap right off the bat, but there will be a role carved out for him and he’ll have a chance to keep expanding it throughout the season.

Ten Trojans who raised their stock during fall camp

USC’s 2021 fall camp finished with Saturday’s scrimmage in the Coliseum. The Trojans will have practices Monday and Tuesday before turning their attention on Wednesday to the season opener against San Jose State, scheduled for Sept. 4. Many players on this USC roster are already established. The Trojans return eight...

Tahj Washington makes a scrimmage statement

USC is coming into the 2021 season with just one wide receiver with any notable production while wearing cardinal and gold. Now, that one receiver is probably the best in the conference and one of the best in the country in Drake London. But finding a supporting cast around him was a priority for this fall camp, and that question might have been answered during Saturday’s scrimmage by the play of Tahj Washington.

IMHO Sunday: Will the Boulevard-Bound “BLVD Studios” turn the 2021 Trojans onto Victory Lane?

In my humble opinion, cardinal and gold thoughts on what I see, what I hear, and what I think from Los Angeles. Boulevard bound: By now you are aware of the aggressive public relations campaign known as BLVD Studios and its boulevard bound mission to turn the USC football program into a perception of Hollywood glitz and glamour, and the Trojans players into leading gridiron movie stars. Continuing the “BLVD Studios” theme from the past off-season comes the seasonal premiere of a video series known as BLVD Bound – Episode 1.

Saturday scrimmage report

This was a USC scrimmage in the Coliseum. A week ago, quarterback Kedon Slovis played sparingly as a largely listless offense coasted through the first scrimmage of fall camp, finally warming up toward the end of the day. On Saturday, Slovis played much more and offense responded, matching the intensity of the defense and helping put together a lively scrimmage that featured big plays on both sides of the ball and several standout performances.

Second scrimmage storylines

USC second and final scrimmage of camp is scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum, where the Trojans will put a bow on 2021 fall camp. There are still two weeks remaining before USC kicks off its season on September 4 against San Jose State and the Trojans will use this coming week as a mock game week before the real thing begins after that.

Photos from Thursday practice

USC was back on the field Thursday for a full pads practice that again featured linebackers going heads up, offensive linemen getting challenged by safety blitzes and appearances by cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart and defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher in full pads. And the following are photos from the official site, but...

O/NSO: Facemasks, Who, and Bohn edition

The Obvious: When the USC Trojans host San Jose State on Saturday, Sept. 4, in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, not only will the Men of Troy be wearing NCAA required football helmet facemasks, but all fans in attendance will be required to wear COVID protection facemasks whether they’ve been vaccinated or not.