With the college football season now less than a fortnight away, we’re deep in the heart of prediction season. How’s it looking for USC football in 2014?
Well, the computers wizards over at Prediction Machine has put together their 2014 college football preview, and 50,000 computer simulations of every game have the Trojans finishing the season with an average of 8.1 wins and a trip to the Holiday Bowl.SC’s bowl pick is in line with Phil Steele’s, who has the Trojans meeting Nebraska in San Diego. Prediction Machine sees Michigan being the foe in what would be Troy’s first ever berth in the Holiday Bowl.
As for the conference, the projections has USC with the fourth most wins in the Pac-12, behind Oregon (10.1), UCLA (9.2) and Stanford (8.2).
Oregon winds up as the second overall team according to the projections, with the Ducks predicted to lose the national championship game of the College Football Playoff to Florida State, by a 41-34 score.
Among other tidbits provided by Prediction Machine, senior cornerback Josh Shaw is expected to be a breakout star for the Trojans.
Last season, USC had an average of 8.5 wins in the Prediction Machine projections, and finished the season with nine regular season wins.
National champion runner-up Auburn averaged just 6.1 last year, before going 11-1.