100 Questions For the 2016 USC Football Season

Nov 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans song girls cheerleaders perform during an NCAA football game against the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans song girls cheerleaders perform during an NCAA football game against the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

With exactly 100 days until the 2016 USC football season begins, we’ve got 100 questions on our minds for the coming fall.

We have officially reached the 100 days mark on the countdown to the 2016 USC football season.

With kickoff against Alabama on September 3 nearing closer and closer, we’ve got more than a few questions about the state of the USC football program on and off the field:

  • Will Max Browne or Sam Darnold win the QB job?
  • If Darnold wins, will Browne transfer?

    If Browne wins, will he live up to his No. 1 QB billing coming out of high school?

    Could Darnold see the field in goal line packages as a back up?

    Will the back up quarterback see action in more than three games, as Browne did last year?

    Is there a role for Jalen Greene in USC’s offense?

  • Will Adoree’ Jackson make the Olympics?
  • If he does, exactly how much of fall camp will Jackson miss?

    Should Jackson be a Heisman contender?

  • What does Clancy Pendergast think of Jackson’s snap count?
  • Will the Biletnikoff include JuJu Smith-Schuster on their watch list from the start this time?
  • After amassing 1,454 yards as a sophomore, can JuJu Smith Schuster notch the 1,478 yards necessary to pass Marqise Lee as USC’s all-time leader in receiving yards?

    Will Smith-Schuster be targeted enough to catch the 110 passes he needs to pass Robert Woods as USC’s all-time leader in receptions?

    Is balance the answer to having so many playmakers but only one ball?

  • Will De’Quan Hampton be satisfied with his number of targets in 2016?
  • Will Steven Mitchell live up to spring performances?

    Is Darreus Rogers ready to live up to his No. 1 jersey?

  • Could the NCAA cite ten USC offensive linemen getting stuck in a campus elevator as lack of institutional control?
  • Can Zach Banner parlay his

    social media talent

    into a broadcast job down the line?

    Nov 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans offensive tackle Zach Banner (73) celebrates during an NCAA football game against the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Can Banner parlay his size and strength into a first round draft pick?

    Will Neil Calloway’s experience squeeze more consistency out of USC’s talented offensive line?

    How much substituting will Calloway employ up front, with Chuma Edoga, Chris Brown and other starting-caliber players likely on the outside looking in?

    Can this offensive line limit quarterback sacks to below 30 for the first time since 2012?

    Can the Trojans find a way to get the impact of fullbacks without actually having any?

  • Will USC have two 1,000-yard rushers?
  • Will Ronald Jones learn how to pass block?

    Is Aca’Cedric Ware capable of turning the running back duo into a trio?

    Will Vavae Malapeai be able to break into the line up as a freshman?

    Is Tommie Robinson an upgrade over Johnny Nansen at running backs coach?

    Is Tyson Helton an upgrade ver Clay Helton (and Marques Tuiasosopo) at quarterbacks coach?

    Will Ajene Harris stay on defense or return to wide receiver?

    Will Helton continue Steve Sarkisian’s openness towards two-way players, giving Ykili Ross, Jack Jones and others the shot to play both ways?

    Who will step up as USC’s defensive leader in the absence of Su’a Cravens?

    Who will be the unexpected star of the season?

    Who will be the most disappointing?

    How much will knee injuries slow Cam Smith and Toa Lobendahn in 2016?

  • With a place on the Rimington Trophy Watch List already secured, will Lobendahn win the starting job?
  • What will happen to Nico Falah once Toa Lobendahn and Khaliel Rodgers return to full strength?

  • Will Clay Helton be cut some slack facing the nation’s toughest schedule?
  • With as many as seven teams on the schedule likely to be ranked, how much will USC pad their lead for all-time wins over ranked teams?
  • Could the underdog card work in USC’s favor?
  • Just how frustrating are new Coliseum bag rules going to be?

  • How much are fans willing to pay for clear bags?
  • How many USC fans are making plans to go see Projans at the Coliseum this year?
  • Will the Coliseum field be affected by the amount of games played on it this fall?

    If Josh Rosen would have been No. 1 in this year’s draft

    , could Max Browne have been?

    Aug 15, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush watches on the sidelines against the Houston Texans in a preseason NFL football game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

  • Will Reggie Bush come back to USC?
  • After so many losses in court, will the NCAA attempt to settle with Todd McNair?
  • At this point, would Todd McNair settle?

    Will the NCAA ever admit that they were overly harsh towards USC?

  • Can USC beat Alabama?
  • Does it matter if USC beats Alabama?
  • How will Cam Robinson’s arrest affect the match up?
  • Who taught Lane Kiffin to Bitmoji?
  • Could USC start the season 1-3?

    Which game will define USC’s season more, Alabama, Stanford or Utah?

    How will USC avoid overlooking Utah State in the ultimate trap game?

    Should the Trojans worry about Colorado’s increasingly close upset bids?

    Can USC avoid an embarrassment against Oregon at the Coliseum after last year’s trouble at Autzen?

    Can USC avenge last year’s embarrassment at the Coliseum against Washington?

    What is the over/under on references to USC’s pursuit of Chris Petersen to be the Trojan head coach during the lead up to that game?

    Will the Pac-12 South be decided by crosstown rivals once again?

    If Clay Helton goes 2-0 against UCLA, is it alright if he goes 0-2 against Notre Dame?

    Which of Chris Hawkins, Leon McQuay III and John Plattenburg will claim the safety spot beside Marvell Tell?

    Did Quinton Powell do enough during spring to secure the WLB spot next to Cam Smith?

    Is Uchenna Nwosu the next Devon Kennard?

    Could Porter Gustin be as dominant as he seemed in limited time last year?

    Is Oluwole Betiku too raw to contribute as a freshman as originally expected?

    Can Rasheem Green take the same step up as a sophomore as Leonard Williams did?

    Is Malik Dorton the real deal after a stellar spring camp?

    Sep 26, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow Jr. (95) celebrates following the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Will we ever know the true impact of losing Kenny Bigelow to a knee injury?

    Does Chris Tilbey’s scholarship guarantee him the starting punter job?

    Or is walk-on Reid Budrovich on even footing in the competition?

    Is Matt Boermeester the answer at kicker even though he couldn’t beat out Alex Wood in 2015?

    Should Baxter give other players special teams duties to avoid overworking Smith-Schuster and Jackson?

    How many kicks will Banner block in 2016?

  • Is USC overrated by the computers?
  • Is USC underrated by the writers?
  • After his inspirational spring game debut, will Jake Olsen take the field this season?

    Which Imatorbhebhe brother, Daniel or Josh, will have the most receptions in 2016?

    Can Kenechi Udeze handle replacing five defensive lineman in his first year on the job?

    Can Tee Martin prove he was worth the promotion?

    Is Michael Pittman the next Robert Woods/Marqise Lee/JuJu Smith-level freshman phenom at receiver?

    Is Jack Jones the next Adoree’ Jackson/Iman Marshall-level freshman phenom at cornerback?

    Is Osa Masina a defensive end as stated on USC’s roster or an inside linebacker as he finished spring?

  • Should USC have known about Kevon Seymour’s eyesight problem?
  • How much will Austin Thomas’ departure back to LSU affect USC’s recruiting plans this summer?

  • Is USC too Hollywood?
  • Will Helton’s blue-collar attitude be reflected on the field?

    Just how “old-school” will USC’s offense be?

    Who will be the first celebrity to lead the Trojans out of the tunnel this season?

    Which of the newest Trojan alums will be the first to lead the team out of the tunnel?

    Will Helton take the savvy Banner or star Smith-Schuster to Pac-12 Media Days?

    What will become of USC’s shiny chrome helmets?

  • How different will the new USC logos look at the Coliseum?
  • Will there be any subtle changes to the Trojans’ uniforms as a result?

    Does UCLA’s new apparel deal with Under Armour mean anything for USC?

    Will a tight end be among USC’s top 5 receivers on the season?

    Was Helton the right choice for head coach?

    Will we know the answer to that question this year?

    What are your biggest questions for the 2016 USC football season? Sound off in the comments below.