Top Bowl Expert expects USC football to play G5 team in exciting bowl

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USC football has once again been predicted to play in the Cotton Bowl by another popular bowl projection. This time, it's from Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, and he has them playing against the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Palm expects USC's new coach to be competing against who many thought would be their new coach for a long time.

It will be quite an experience for USC Athletic Director Mike Bohn, who was the Athletic Director at Cincinnati in his last job. Bohn hired each of the head coaches who will be competing if they head to the Cotton Bowl to play the Bearcats. The last time SC was in the Cotton Bowl, they lost by 17 points to the Ohio State Buckeyes.

It was a tough loss, as it ended their winning streak against Ohio State at seven games. Getting revenge on the Cotton Bowl gods will for sure be on the minds of the Trojans, however, as some players on the team were here during that 2017-2018 season Cotton Bowl lost.

Heck, USC's best returning player in Andrew Vorhees was there and would certainly love to flip the script on his Cotton Bowl experience.

New USC Football HC Lincoln Riley has coached in the Cotton Bowl before.

Lincoln Riley also brings GREAT experience in that Cotton Bowl to the USC football program, as he beat the Florida Gators 55-20. He'll be eager to get back on that stage, and would have the chance to do it with a much better roster than what UC will have.

The team as a whole is also expected to be better, even evidenced by SC ranking seven spots ahead of them in the preseason Coaches Poll at No. 15. Typically, USC should be expected to roll any Group of Five team in a bowl game. This year, with it being Year 1 under a new head coach, they have a bit of margin for error on the season.

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Still, however, a Cotton Bowl win would be massive for Riley in Year 1, and would continue proving that he has this program on the fast track back to glory.