2015 College Football Preview: Is the hype surrounding USC a year too early?

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We are only few weeks away from the start of fall camp so fans are starting to piece together the season they think their respective teams will have. The start of the 2015 season has a lot of storylines that I will discuss as well as break down what teams will be in the College Football Playoffs. First topic, is the hype surrounding USC a year too early?

 

After only one season in Los Angeles, head coach Steve Sarkisian has people talking about the Trojans again. Even though the team went 9-4 last season, a lot of the playmakers on offense and defense are underclassmen. QB Cody Kessler will be a Heisman Trophy contender and will be looking to improve on an impressive 2014 season. The wide receivers are very talented led by sophomore sensation JuJu Smith. The defense is full of young talented playmakers led by junior safety Su’a Cravens. So I can see why many believe that the Trojans will make a big jump this season.

 

But I think the hype around this team might be a year earlier due to the NCAA sanctions that just ended. The Trojans still are not at 85 schlorship players and the two and three deep on the depth chart is going to be full freshmen and sophomores who haven’t taken a single snap in college football. When a team is in the running for national championship, they are full of experienced upperclassmen who know how to play. The Trojans will be relying on a very good recruiting class to come in from day one and contribute. Even though they are talented, that is not a good recipe to win a national championship.

 

The schedule gives the Trojans two warm-up games before Stanford comes to town on September 19. That is the first of a six game stretch that will define the Trojans season. And if it’s any consolation prize, a road game with Oregon comes right before their annual rivalry game against UCLA. I do believe that USC will take a step forward this season, but I think next year is when they will be a serious contender for the national title.

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