USC football schedule: Game-by-game predictions for 2020

USC football wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
USC football wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) /
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USC football wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
USC football wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. (Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) /

The USC football schedule for 2020 gives the Trojans the chance to run the table.

Now that the USC football schedule has been released, it’s time to renew that age-old tradition of putting down score predictions.

A shortened season means there are half the opportunities to be wrong!

This year, in particular, the pressure is on because there is no good reason for USC to struggle with this schedule.

Here’s how it shakes out…

USC football vs. Arizona State

Is ASU for real in 2020? USC will find out early, literally.

The Pac-12 decided to kick off the season with a marquee matchup featuring the two best quarterbacks in the league: Kedon Slovis and Jayden Daniels.

Daniels is coming off a bright freshman campaign, but USC didn’t get to see him up close. He was injured for last year’s matchup, which featured both the best and worst the Trojans had to offer.

The quarterback will be without leading receiver Brandon Aiyuk, which is a blow. Frank Darby caught eight touchdowns last year and will have to step up in his place.

The rushing attack will also need a new face with Eno Benjamin gone. No other running back on last year’s squad had more than 50 yards.

Defensively, the Sun Devils have some strong pieces to build around, including leading tackler Darien Butler, all-around disrupter Aashari Crosswell and familiar cornerback Jack Jones. However, they’ve got a bit of a problem in the trenches where they’ve lost nearly everyone but sack leader Jermayne Lole

Prediction: USC 28, ASU 24

Arizona State’s advantage in practice time could be a major factor here. However, the Sun Devils are replacing all of their coordinators and a ton of talent from last year. USC still has the upper hand, even if just slightly.

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