After the busiest offseason in school history, USC football takes to the field with a completely different team in 2022. They will look to climb the mountaintop in Lincoln Riley’s freshman year in Los Angeles. .
It’s no exaggeration to say that a team like the 2022 USC Trojans hasn’t been around for nearly 80 years. During World War II, service academies were the beneficiaries of existing talent pools that were suddenly sent into service. These teams, bolstered by talent acquired from outside, were dominant during the war years.
USC football has found inspiration in such talent building methods. With Lincoln Riley now with the Trojans and NCAA transfer rules allowing a true all-star team to assemble in Los Angeles, there’s potential for a sudden leap to the top.
Caleb Williams, the freshman American quarterback who got off to such a great start with Oklahoma last year, is here. There’s also former Oregon guard Travis Dye, as well as college football’s top receiver in Pitt’s transfer, Jordan Addison. These players are just the tip of the iceberg.
With such a collection of talents, Vegas sees potential for USC football this yearas Trojans have the fifth best odds to win a national championship.
But, merging a team like this will be a difficult task. That’s a lot of egos to fix and combine into one unit.
Fortunately, USC’s schedule is quite forgiving this year; Notre Dame’s game is at the Coliseum, and the other two non-conference opponents are Fresno State and Rice. In their future conference, they have Utah on the road, but few other games that should challenge them.