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2017 USC Football Schedule

Schedule-2017.jpgUSC football will earn its Thanksgiving feast this year. The Trojans will play 12 consecutive weeks without a bye this season for the first time since 1995 as part of the 2017 schedule which features seven home games (all on Saturdays).

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USC has once again challenged itself with one of the most daunting schedules in the nation, including marquee non-conference matchups against Texas (September 9 at the Coliseum) and Notre Dame (October 21 in South Bend). The Trojans will host Western Michigan, the nation's top Group of Five team last year, on September 2 to kick off the new season.

Riding a nine-game winning streak, the second longest in the nation, the reigning Rose Bowl champions will be tested early and often in conference play. Stanford comes to the Coliseum in Week 2 (September 9) as part of a three-game home stand that will energize the Coliseum from day one.

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USC will then play four of its next six on the road, including a Friday night game at Washington State, the lone weekday game on the schedule this season. The Trojans will visit the Cougs and host Oregon State in 2017 after missing both schools in 2015 and 2016. USC will not play Washington or Oregon this year unless the teams battle in the Pac-12 Championship Game on December 1 or 2.

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The Trojans will close the regular season by visiting Colorado, the defending Pac-12 South champions, and hosting UCLA at the Coliseum on Saturday, November 18. USC will be off for Thanksgiving weekend, hopefully preparing for the Pac-12 Championship Game the following week.

Have You Herd of Zach Banner?

Today, USC All-American OT Zach Banner stopped by "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd on FS1. A former FOX intern, Banner finally got a chance to sit on the couch and chat with Cowherd and Kristine Leahy about winning the Rose Bowl, preparing for the 2017 NFL Draft and more.

Rose Bowl Poster

The Trojan Family can savor the memories of the magical Rose Bowl Game victory over Penn State by purchasing a commemorative poster.

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The limited edition championship poster captures images from the biggest moments of the game including Deontay Burnett's game-tying touchdown, Leon McQuay's interception and Matt Boermeester's winning kick.


Trophy Tour

On Jan. 2, USC football brought home the coveted Leishman Trophy by beating Penn State, 52-49, in the 2017 Rose Bowl Game.

Starting today, Trojan fans have the opportunity to snap a photo with the trophy when it goes on tour. Fans can find the trophy at the USC Bookstore on the University Park Campus today (Jan. 12), from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tomorrow (Jan. 13), the Leishman Trophy makes its way to the USC Bookstore at the Health Sciences Campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday (Jan. 14), the trophy will be presented at Trojan Town South Coast Plaza from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

On Tuesday (Jan. 17) fans can catch the trophy at the Nike Store at The Grove from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pick up some Rose Bowl champs gear in stores or online!

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Career After Next

USC All-American RT Zach Banner will leave college prepared to succeed in two different professions, football and broadcasting. While the NFL Draft and a professional football career will come first, the gregarious senior has the natural talent and work ethic to excel behind the microphone whenever his playing days are done.

Banner has been named the recipient of the 2017 Tom Harmon/Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 grant presented by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters to a local-area college student who has an interest in pursuing a degree in broadcasting or a related field with the ultimate goal of a professional career in radio, television or online broadcasting.

He will receive the scholarship at the SCSB's annual awards luncheon on Jan. 30 in Toluca Lake, Calif.

Banner, a 3-year starter at right tackle, was an All-American first team pick on USC's Rose Bowl champion squad in 2016 and was a 2-time All-Pac-12 first teamer. He was among 10 finalists nationally for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, given to the nation's top senior who excels in community/classroom/character/competition. He also won USC's Community Service Award this season, devoting more than 350 hours to community outreach efforts in his career. He received his bachelor's degree from USC in communication and is now working on a second bachelor's in sociology. He has interned with FOX Sports and USC Sports Properties.

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Class of 2017: OL Andrew Vorhees

When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

After losing two senior All-American tackles in Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler, USC has a need for depth on the offensive line. Kingsburg, CA product Andrew Vorhees will provide just that. The 6-foot-6 lineman played on both sides of the ball and earned the 2016 All-Central Sequoia League Lineman of the Year award as a senior.

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Class of 2017: LS Damon Johnson

When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

If Damon Johnson does his job well, you may never learn his name. That's the goal of any long snapper. The Trojans need to replace senior long snapper Zach Smith, who was rock solid throughout his USC career, and Johnson fits the bill as a five-star prospect at his position, ranked by Rubio Long Snapping. Johnson did not play football last season while he attended Citrus Junior College. As a long snapper at Glendora (CA) High, he had 6 tackles as a 2015 senior, 2 tackles as a 2014 junior and 1 tackle as a 2013 sophomore.

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Class of 2017: QB Jack Sears

When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

USC football has had some recent luck with a quarterback out of San Clemente High, and the Trojans get another with the addition of pro-style passer Jack Sears. As a senior, he was named a 2016 Orange County Register All-Orange County first teamer and the All-South Coast League Offensive Player of the Year. Sears, who led the Tritons to the 2016 CIF State 1-A championship and CIF Southern Section Division 2 title, has been praised for his high football IQ, dedication to the film room and accuracy on downfield passes. In 2016, he completed 223-of-338 passes (66.0 pct) for 2,602 yards with 37 TD and just 6 INT. He ran for 1,135 yards on 171 carries (6.6 avg) with 9 TD and also hauled in an INT on defense.

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Class of 2017: LB Tayler Katoa

When USC's spring semester commenced on Monday, four young men became the newest members of the Trojan Family.

Tayler Katoa did everything for his high school team in Utah but drive the bus. As a senior, he played linebacker, defensive end and quarterback, making 36 tackles, 2 sacks and a fumble recovery for a TD on defense. He also ran for 784 yards on 117 carries (6.7 avg) with 14 TD and threw for 299 yards with 3 TD as a QB. At USC, he is expected to become a linebacker, joining a lineage that is second to none among college football programs. Katoa knows something about lineage as he comes from an extremely athletic family. His father, Fotu, was a tight end at BYU (1985, 1988-90), his mother, Elizabeth, was a distance runner at BYU in 1990, and his sister, Eliza, is a senior outside hitter on Utah's volleyball team.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions.

2017 Season Tickets ON SALE NOW

USC football started 2017 with a Rose Bowl victory that has the Trojan Family wishing next season started tomorrow. While you will have to wait a few months for kickoff, you can secure your season tickets right now.

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The official schedule has not been released yet by the Pac-12, but USC's 2017 home slate is as good as any in the country. The Trojans will host seven games in the Coliseum, including Texas, Stanford and UCLA. USC will also welcome Western Michigan, Utah, Arizona and Oregon State.

New season tickets start at just $320 for all seven home games. Click here to purchase or call (213) 740-GOSC (4672).

Current season ticket holders can renew their tickets by going to USCTrojans.com/tickets and clicking on "Manage My Account" under football.

USC is riding a nine-game winning streak heading into the 2017 season after going 10-3 and finishing ranked No. 3 nationally in 2016, capped by the thrilling 52-49 last-second victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. The 2017 Trojans will be the 125th team in USC history.


Never Too Early

USC_Football_Rose_Bowl_2017_PSU_mcgillen_1720.jpgAlready thinking about the 2017 USC football season?

So are a number of media organizations, which couldn't wait to put out 2017 preseason Top 25 lists as soon as the clock hit zero in last night's national championship.

Sports Illustrated, ESPN and FOX Sports all ranked the Trojans in the Top 5 heading into next season.

The Trojans came in at No. 2 in SI's Way-Too-Early Top 25 for one reason: QB Sam Darnold. Only Alabama sits ahead of SC on the list.

ESPN, which put USC at No. 3 on its list, also noted that Darnold and at least five other returning starters on offense would lead the way next season, while recognizing that USC's nonconference slate (Western Michigan, Texas, Notre Dame) is one of the toughest in the nation.

FOX Sports slotted the Trojans at No. 4, behind Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson. FOX stressed the importance of replacing senior tackles Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler to protect "Heisman favorite" Darnold.

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Senior Bowl Bound

USC_Football_Rose_Bowl_2017_PSU_mcgillen_4981.jpgUSC's Zach Banner and Stevie Tu'ikolovatu have accepted invites to the Reese's Senior Bowl, giving them one last chance to show their stuff before the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Senior Bowl, which takes place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL, features the top seniors in the nation and gives NFL coaches an up-close look at the players. This year, the Cleveland Browns coaching staff will lead the Senior Bowl's South team, and the Chicago Bears coaching staff will lead the North.

Banner, a team captain this year, anchored an offensive line that only allowed 12 sacks this season (T-6th-fewest in the nation).

Tu'ikolovatu arrived as a grad transfer from Utah this year and made an immediate impact. As the starting nose tackle, he racked up 53 tackles on the season, including 2 TFL. He earned Defensive MVP honors for leading the Trojans in tackles in USC's comeback win vs. Penn State in the Rose Bowl Game.

Last year, Cody Kessler and Soma Vainuku represented USC in the Senior Bowl. Kessler was drafted in the third round (No. 91 overall) by the Cleveland Browns, while Vainuku went undrafted but signed as a free agent with the Texans.

Catch Banner and Tu'ikolovatu in this year's Senior Bowl on Jan. 29 at 11:30 a.m. PT on NFL Network.

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USC Fan Super Cut

On January 2, the Trojan Family shared a magical moment together inside the Rose Bowl Stadium when Matt Boermeester split the uprights with the game-winning kick, so we spliced together some of your videos to capture the emotion from your perspective.


Three for Me

Ranking.jpgWhen the dust settled on the 2016 college football season and the final AP Top 25 came out this morning, USC was slotted just behind the two national title contenders, at No. 3.

USC's No. 3 slot is its highest finish in the final AP ranking since the end of the 2008 season, when, coincidentally, the Trojans' 12-1 season culminated in a Rose Bowl win over Penn State. It's the highest ranking of any three-loss team in the history of the AP Poll.

The Trojans finish the 2016 football season ranked in the Top 20 of a number of important categories: Total Offense (No. 20), Third Down Conversions ( No. 11), First Downs (No. 12), Punt Return Avg (No. 6) and Sacks Allowed (No. 6).

First-year head coach Clay Helton is a finalist for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award and was named FWAA's First Year Co-Coach of the Year. Freshman QB Sam Darnold was named the Rose Bowl Offensive MVP, a freshman All-American and the Archie Griffin Award winner for college football's MVP, while junior CB Adoree' Jackson won the prestigious Thorpe Award.

USC earned its first 10-win season since 2013 and its first Rose Bowl trophy since 2009. The Trojans head into 2017 with a strong group of young players ready to take this team to the next level.

Sights and Sounds: USC vs. Penn State

USC head coach Clay Helton asked his team for "60 minutes of fight" and that's exactly what the Trojans gave him.


Mama to the NFL

USC junior offensive guard Damien Mama has decided to forgo his senior year and declare for the NFL Draft. He made the announcement along with a thank you letter to the Trojan Family on his Instagram page.

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Dazzling Darnold

Once USC QB Sam Darnold assumed the starting role this season, he took the nation by storm. Darnold earned the respect of many USC alumni and national media members despite taking a loss in his first career start.

Since that loss to Utah on Sept. 23, the San Clemente native has led the team to nine consecutive wins, including an upset of then-No. 4 Washington and No. 5 Penn State in the 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game.

Darnold put together perhaps his best performance of the year at the Granddaddy of Them All, proving no stage is too big for the 19-year-old. He went 33-of-53 (62.3 pct) including a 10-of-10 clip in the fourth quarter to engineer the biggest comeback in Rose Bowl Game history. He finished with a Rose Bowl Game-record 5 TD passes and 473 total yards of offense.

Darnold's groundbreaking performance caught the eye of Cowboys rookie QB Dak Prescott, who's currently in the running for NFL Rookie of the Year and MVP.


Legendary wide receiver Terrell Owens was also impressed by the kid's game:


Trojan Heisman winner Matt Leinart has been one of Darnold's biggest proponent's all season, and offered perhaps his biggest compliment so far after the freshman earned Rose Bowl Game Offensive MVP:


ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit couldn't believe his eyes watching the freshman deal all game, and FOX Sports Radio host Clay Travis remarked on his poise under pressure.



The praise wasn't limited to those who had graced the gridiron or the broadcast booth, though. Darnold's performance even caught the eye of hip hop artist Plies.


Darnold heads into spring ball surrounded by a strong offensive corps, and the brightest days may lay ahead.

SooHoo Galleries: USC vs. Penn State

The 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game was so momentous that we needed two photographers to capture every angle. Team photographer John McGillen's photos are below, while you can view three galleries from legendary Los Angeles sports photographer Jon SooHoo here.






McGillen Galleries: 103rd Annual Rose Bowl Game

Though they arrived at the Rose Bowl Stadium cool, calm and collected, the Trojans couldn't hide their emotion after winning their 25th Rose Bowl Game in stunning come-from-behind fashion. USC team photographer John McGillen was on the field to capture every second of the record-setting win.







Rose Bowl Trojan of the Game: Sam Darnold

The Trojan Family voted USC QB Sam Darnold the Mercury Insurance Trojan of the Game for his record-setting performance in the 2017 Rose Bowl Game. The redshirt freshman passed for 453 yards and 5 touchdowns in USC's 52-49 victory over Penn State.

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