Regardless of losing two workhorses in Javorius Allen and Nelson Agholor to this year’s NFL draft, the USC Trojans have cleaned up their act and managed to pull away with a win at Sun Devil Stadium in Week 4.
For the first two weeks of this season, the Trojans have score on average 55 points, yet commanded those scoreboards as worthy Pac-12 title contenders without needing to face major competition.
And despite their third-place standing in the Pac-12’s South Division (behind UCLA and Utah), ESPN’s Football Power Index reveals that the Trojans are the most likely candidates in winning the entire conference.
Then again, with all the noise interfering with the sound of logic about any conference’s rankings, the 54th-ranked defense in the nation is predicted to make a run for it in their Pac-12 campaign with the FBS’ 33rd most difficult regular season schedule.
Expected to wrap up their season at a 9-2 record, the USC Trojans are also in the hands of probability with a 34 percent chance to win the Pac-12.
With the remaining schedule featuring Notre Dame, Utah and California for the next few weeks, the Trojans are expected by ESPN to coast through with chances of winning at an average of 85 percent per game including the meetings between the aforementioned opponents.
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