USC football: Five teams the Pac-12 could add to strengthen the conference

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USC football would relish rivalry with Texas, Oklahoma. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

USC football could benefit from an expanded Pac-12 conference.

As much as USC football fans want to discuss the possibility of the Trojans declaring independence, Troy is tied to the Pac-12 for better and for worse.

That means the Trojans are inherently concerned with the strength of the conference and its dealings.

So how can the Pac-12 change things up?

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Here are programs the conference could consider adding as the college football landscape changes:

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Could USC football benefit from UNLV? (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

A new USC football rival in the Pac-12? UNLV

One of the difficulties for the Pac-12 is geography. Unlike conferences in the midwest and east, there aren’t a ton of established college football powers in the west to draw in.

The Pac-12 is going to have to foster the creation of some new powers.

Enter UNLV.

The Rebels are currently part of the Mountain West and they’re not a particularly strong program. John Robinson was the only coach in the last 30 years to post a record above .400. He did that from 1999 to 2004.

The Pac-12 wouldn’t have any reason to add UNLV to the mix on football results. But there’s a pretty good reason to get in on the ground floor as the Rebels move into the brand new Allegiant Stadium.

Already the conference has scheduled its championship game in Vegas and they’ve secured a strong bowl tie-in with the Big Ten and SEC in the city.

UNLV’s profile should rise as football establishes itself in Vegas via the NFL.

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