USC football will kickoff this Saturday against Oregon State at 6:30 p.m. PST. It's an incredibly frustrating time slot, as this game is easily the best one in the Pac-12, but of course the Pac-12 doesn't fight to have this game start earlier when all the AP Poll voters are actually awake and watching college football.
It was another poor decision by the Pac-12 to promote two of their best teams at the moment, and another decision that doesn't put the Pac-12 in anywhere near the best situation financially. Another poor decision is that it's going to be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. That's yet another opportunity for poll voters, fans, and future recruits to NOT be able to see the game.
Again, it's yet another example of why the Pac-12 can't stop getting out of its own way, and isn't giving itself the right exposure for the conference and the top current programs within it. These are the types of decisions that are leading to USC leaving the Pac for the Big Ten.
Fortunately, however, there is a way to watch the game for free online, for those who do not get the Pac-12 network. That would be through getting a free trial to FuboTV here.
USC football will face off against another 3-0 team in Oregon State.
That being said, USC football is ranked in the top seven of the country and Oregon State is unranked. Oregon State, however, does have an impressive offense--scoring 45.7 points per game through three weeks (13th in college football).
Head coached by Jonathan Smith, who is respected around the game and may be a candidate for bigger jobs soon, they won't be a cake-walk for the USC defense. SC is tied for second in the nation in sacks (14), and tied for fourth in turnovers forced (10).
That being said, they still give up 380.7 yards per game which is 82nd in the country, and they still give up 19.67 points per game which is 46th in the country. They'll be tested, and it'll be on the road in a place that even Pete Carroll struggled in a couple of times. It'll be the last time SC comes up to Corvallis as a member of the Pac-12. The Beavers are going to be motivated to play USC quite a bit.