We’re just four days away from the start of the 2013 USC football season, so there’s no better time than to revive Reign of Troy Radio ahead of Thursday night’s game in Hawaii. Trenise Ferreira hosts our season preview episode, alongside beat writer Evan Budrovich, managing editor Michael Castillo and contributors Alicia De Artola and Josh Webb.
What’s on tap in the podcast:
- The quarterback competition has been the primary focus of both spring and fall camp for USC. Kiffin’s said that he anticipates to play both Cody Kessler and Max Wittek on Thursday night, while naming a starter as early as Tuesday in Honolulu. Is the battle going to plan? Is playing both quarterbacks a bad idea? The RoT discuss the quarterbacks at length, while beat writer Evan Budrovich gives his insight from practice at Howard Jones Field.
- Lane Kiffin’s backfield is stacked in 2013, with six scholarship backs. How does it harken back to the days of the Stable? We break it down and address both the concerns and potential of the new-look backfield.
- USC is opening yet another season in Hawaii, but how’s this go around different and what does USC have to do to have a successful game? Opinions vary, as USC must both establish the pass and the run.
- Perhaps the most interesting talking point of the offseason, is whether or not USC has improved from their 7-6 season a year ago. The RoT crew gives their take on how many wins USC will have in 2013, and the expectations aren’t exactly uniform.