Here’s what the conference’s coaches are saying anonymously about USC football.
What do Pac-12 coaches really think about USC's football program heading into the 2017 season?
With the cover of anonymity, a few of them spoke to Athlon Sports about the Ducks, and the other 11 Pac-12 programs.
USC is considering a national championship contender after its big turnaround last season, which finished in a Rose Bowl victory over Penn State. With elite quarterback Sam Darnold back, surrounded by plenty of talent, Pac-12 coaches are bullish on the Trojans.
A few of our favorite quotes from the piece:
“They’re the team to beat in the division."
"They’re loaded athletically, and they have one of the best quarterbacks in college football. (Sam) Darnold showed that last year in the Rose Bowl and how he played against teams down the stretch."
"They’re a force to be reckoned with, no question about that. Yeah, they lose some talented skill guys, and maybe you can pick them apart a little bit with their depth on the offensive line, but let’s be honest, they’re USC. They just reload."
USC has some pieces to replace, but the Trojans are likely the favorite in the Pac-12 entering the year.