USC football to play first FCS opponent, announces three future games

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USC football has found opponents for non-conference games in the 2021, 2023 and 2024 seasons adding UC Davis, Nevada and San Jose State to the schedule.

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The FCS scheduling shoe has finally dropped.

USC football announced the addition of three future football dates on Friday, including FCS UC Davis in 2021. The Trojans will also battle Nevada in 2023 and San Jose State in 2024.

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The Trojans were one of just three FBS teams to have never scheduled an FCS opponent, along with rivals UCLA and Notre Dame. USC will no longer be included in that rare group, assuming they go through with the game in two years time.

Associate AD Steve Lopes had prepared USC fans for this eventuality earlier this year when he laid out the Trojans scheduling plans looking forward. An emphasis on playing seven home games each year appeared to be behind the shift in scheduling philosophy.

The 2021 date with UC Davis, which will kick off on September 4, fills out the non-conference slate for that season along with Notre Dame away on October 23 and BYU at home on November 27.

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Nevada on September 2, 2023 also completes a similar schedule for that year, including a trip to Notre Dame on October 14 and hosting BYU on November 25.

The 2024 season still has one date open after adding San Jose State for September 7. The Trojans will face off against Notre Dame at home on November 30.

USC had previously announced a game with Fresno State for 2025. Aside from the annual contest against Notre Dame, which is expected to continue beyond that date, the Trojans have no other games scheduled beyond the 2025 season.

This coming year, USC will play non-conference games with Fresno State, BYU and Notre Dame. Next year, Alabama awaits in a neutral site game in Arlington, Texas before the non-conference slate finishes out with New Mexico and Notre Dame.