ESPN gives USC football the most probable bowl game prediction

Caleb Williams, USC Football, USC Trojans
Caleb Williams, USC Football, USC Trojans / Ronald Cortes/GettyImages

Both of ESPN's Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach just predicted USC football to play in the Alamo Bowl when the season ends. They each have them playing Oklahoma State in the game, adding to the familiarity between the ex-OU players on USC's team and what this matchup would bring.

Not only has Caleb Williams, Mario Williams, and Latrell McCutchin played in and won an Alamo Bowl before, but they have also been rivals with OK State before. It would be all and all a familiar matchup for the ex-Sooners, and Lincoln Riley has of course coached against OKST several times as both a head coach and offensive coordinator.

These guys will be itching to go against their ex-rivals, and are familiar with how they approach the game. It's a great bowl projection too. What bowl games do the No. 14 teams in the country typically play in? Well, if they're in the Pac-12, it's usually the Alamo Bowl. It's not a New Year's Six Bowl, but it's arguably the best one outside of the NY6.

This is the most accurate bowl projection for USC football that can be made.

While it's hard to predict which team USC football would be playing if they were in the Alamo Bowl, it's more than plausible for that game to be the result of SC's season. Coming off of a 4-8 year, they're likely not going to flip the team all the way up to a NY6-level team, but they are likely to be one of the top couple squads in the Pac. That second Pac-12 team typically goes to the Alamo Bowl.

It happened last year with Oregon, and it happened the year before with USC. The team that won the Pac-12 went to the NY6, and the team that lost the Pac-12 Championship game went to the Alamo. And speaking of that Oregon Alamo Bowl game, it's pretty fun to remember how dominant Caleb looked in that contest.

Williams was on the money for 21 of his 27 passes in that game, throwing for 242 yards and three touchdown passes. He didn't throw any picks, and ran the ball seven times for 34 yards. While Riley was making his way to USC, Caleb was still running that same system in the game. Caleb's got good memories over at the Alamo.

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Interestingly, in his one career game against Oklahoma State, Caleb had even more passing yards (252), more rushing yards (36), and another three passing touchdowns without any interceptions. He'll get up for the Alamo Bowl, and Riley will be eager to coach a bowl game again, as he ended up leaving OU for his better job before he could do that last year.

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