The last time USC played an entire season without a mid-season bye week was in 1995.
That year, Yahoo! was founded, Cal Ripken Jr. broke the all-time consecutive games played streak, and USC Trojan players were really tired. What other monumental moments await us in 2017 now that the Trojans stare at another, brutal season without an in-season bye?
USC caught zero breaks when it came to the new schedule.
In addition to playing every game consecutively, they won’t be playing in the final week of the season. That could prove costly if they are trying to make their closing arguments for the College Football Playoff.
With that said, they don’t face any juggernauts this year.
Last year they opened the season against an Alabama team that would eat two lunches every week leading into the National Championship. The Trojans finished their season with a flourish; a captivating back and forth against Penn State in the Rose Bowl.
If they want to play in one of the bowl games that really counts this upcoming season, they’ll have to earn it. Week after week after week.