Five USC football takeaways from the Pac-12 schedule release for 2020

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USC football at the Coliseum. (John McCoy/Getty Images)

USC football’s new 2020 schedule has a tough finish and an uncertain start.

USC football now has a clearer picture of the 2020 season thanks to the release of the official Pac-12 schedule.

The original slate was nixed in favor of a 10-game, conference-only campaign which will kick off almost a month later than normal.

Naturally, the new schedule comes with plenty of elements to digest.

You can see details about the full schedule here.

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USC football practice. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)

USC football schedule takeaways: Training camp can begin in August

On Friday, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott confirmed that training camps will be able to begin on Aug. 17. That means two weeks to keep things on track, not just as a football team, but as a community. The Trojans will only be able to go ahead with practicing if local authorities give them the go-ahead to do so.

On the USC front, things look good right now. The Trojans had no positive results in their last round of testing. They have been able to conduct conditioning workouts while staying within the rules set forth by LA County.

However, restrictions could still get in the way.

When Aug. 17 comes around, they will attempt to complete their allotted 25 practices in 40 days. Scott admitted that some programs may struggle with that timetable.

“It’s not my expectation that everyone will start or manage their 25 the same way,” he said.

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