USC Football: Holiday Bowl Practices To Start December 19th


USC football will begin their preparation for the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin with seven practices starting on Saturday December 19th.

The Trojans are due to kick off their practice slate at Howard Jones Field on Saturday, continuing through Wednesday, December 23rd.

Those practices will be open to media but USC has not announced public access for any bowl practices.

After traveling to San Diego on December 26th, the Trojans will resume practices at Southwestern College in San Diego on Sunday December 27th and Monday December 28th.

In San Diego the team is set to visit the San Diego Zoo and the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

USC will then face off with Wisconsin at Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday, December 30th at 7:30 p.m.

Though bowl teams are allowed 15 bowl practices, USC will only hold seven to get ready for the Badgers. Scheduling around finals and the holidays, along with massive coaching changes may explain the low number of practices.

However, last year the Trojans held 14 bowl practices ahead of the Holiday Bowl, so it does seem odd for USC to not take advantage of the extra practice time.

The Trojans punched their ticket to San Diego in another whirlwind season featuring a head coaching change and a first ever trip to the Pac-12 title game.

After dispatching Arkansas State and Idaho in the opening weeks of the season, USC was beaten by Stanford and then Washington before head coach Steve Sarkisian was removed from his post due to concerns about his behavior related to alcohol consumption.

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Clay Helton took the helm and, after falling to Notre Dame in South Bend, led the Trojans on a four-game winning streak which included an upset victory over Utah.

Oregon spoiled the party in Eugene for USC, but the Trojans bounced back with a key rivalry victory over UCLA to win the Pac-12 South and go to the conference championship game.

A berth in the Rose Bowl was snatched by Stanford at Levi’s Stadium, causing USC return to the site of last year’s bowl victory over Nebraska.