USC football is 100 days away. We’ve got 100 reasons to get excited about the coming season.
The USC football season was in doubt for a while this spring, but as college athletics moves closer to resuming this summer, signs now point to an on-time start for the 2020 season.
If that holds true, then Thursday marks 100 days until the Trojans take the field against Alabama in the season opener on Sept. 5.
No one knows what twists and turns the next few months will bring. For now, we’re banking on good news when it comes to the return of USC football.
We also understand that the lead up to this particular season has been as abnormal as they come. You might need some catching up on all the reasons to look forward to the campaigns’ arrival.
100 reasons to be excited about USC football in 2020: 1-10
1. Kedon Slovis is really, really good.
2. The Trojan QB is coming off a season with 30 touchdowns and a 71.9 percent completion rating, which ranked third nationally and set a new Pac-12 record.
3. Slovis’ passing efficiency rating of 167.6 is a USC season record. Since he did that as a true freshman, the potential for him to get even better remains ridiculously high.
4. Slovis is rightly getting dark horse Heisman hype, which means USC fans can look forward to some serious debates when it comes time for New York invites.
5. Graham Harrell flirted with other job possibilities but turned them down to stay at USC. That says something about his confidence in the program.
6. The offensive coordinator will now guide Slovis as a sophomore, with a major leap forward expected.
7. USC’s offense improved by 6.4 points per game in 2019, that’s despite starting three different quarterbacks due to injury and losing all but one scholarship running back at the tail end of the season. Further improvement on the points-per-game front should be expected.
8. The Trojans ranked ninth in SP+ offense last year, far and away the best in the Pac-12.
9. Unlike most of their Pac-12 rivals, USC is returning most of last year’s production. The Trojans have 77 percent coming back on offense.
10. For the first time in forever, USC has a quarterback room full of veteran players. Even if the injury bug strikes again, there should be enough talent and experience between Kedon Slovis, JT Daniels and Matt Fink to sidestep another quarterback disaster.