09/13/2008 - Ohio State visits University of Southern California. (1 Viewer)

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Even though it is true in some years, this should put into perspective that USC isn't playing a wuss out-of-conference schedule next season. FWIW, they also play UVA and Notre Dame. The rest of their schedule is the standard Pac10 Round Robin schedule:

Oregon State, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington State, Arizona, Washington, Cal, Stanford and UCLA.

There were some interenet rumors that they'd be adding a series with Syracuse home/away in 2008 and 2010 but I'm not sure if they ever sealed the deal. Also, USC will be traveling to Columbus, Ohio in 2009 to play the Buckeyes.

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I don't think UVA is gonna is going to do much next season.

To be honest, they weren't much this season, outside of highly entertaining and gutsy last second wins.
 
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>>To be honest, they weren't much this season, outside of highly entertaining and gutsy last second wins.

They are a mid-card team. Notre Dame are jobbers though everyone seems to think they're headed in the right direction (not sure they can go anywhere but up :covri: ). Ohio State, like me, is a main event opponent.

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USC and Ohio State both usually schedule a "big time" opponent the past few years, this year was the exception for both (USC tried and whiffed with 5-7 Nebraska who was supposed to be better than they where) I wish LSU would step up and try and get a home and home with a big team like OU or Texas now that their commitment with V-Tech is finished up.
 

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USC and Ohio State both usually schedule a "big time" opponent the past few years, this year was the exception for both (USC tried and whiffed with 5-7 Nebraska who was supposed to be better than they where) I wish LSU would step up and try and get a home and home with a big team like OU or Texas now that their commitment with V-Tech is finished up.
They did try to get a deal worked out with OU a few years ago, but each team had scheduling conflicts. Would like to see them work something out though.
 

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And smart of USC to schedule OSU early, in case they lose....it give the entire season for the loss to be forgotten, except for the fact that it was a top 5 opponent they lost to.


Might not even matter though. OSU and LSU both lost their last reg. season game and look where they were.
 
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>>Arkansas would be the only SEC team that they would have the guts to schedule. They wouldn't dare schedule Florida or LSU because they know what would happen.

Speaking of Arkansas and guts, there was a thread a while back where we discussed their upcoming schedules for 2008, 2009 and 2010. They probably aren't gonna be that successful in the next couple of years.

2008 Home: Western Illinois, ULM (Little Rock), Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, Utah State, LSU (Little Rock)

2008 Away: Texas, Auburn, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi State

Then there's 2009.

2009 Home: Texas, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, South Carolina
2009 Away: Texas A&M, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss, LSU

Brutal IMHO.

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Arkansas would be the only SEC team that they would have the guts to schedule. They wouldn't dare schedule Florida or LSU because they know what would happen.

Your assuming that LSU or Florida would actually want to sched. USC.
 

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USC does a better job than almost all SEC schools when it comes to OOC schedules. They have only 3 slots to fill and on a given year I would think ND and Nebraska would be good teams, I am sure Nebraska wasnt 5-7 when the game was set. The only reason LSU had VA Tech on the schedule last year was the fulfillment of a deal 7 or so years prior.
 

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USC does a better job than almost all SEC schools when it comes to OOC schedules. They have only 3 slots to fill and on a given year I would think ND and Nebraska would be good teams, I am sure Nebraska wasnt 5-7 when the game was set. The only reason LSU had VA Tech on the schedule last year was the fulfillment of a deal 7 or so years prior.
USC has to schedule better OOC games in order to maintain some sort of strength of schedule advantage. They generally don't get it from within their own conference, so they must go outside to do so. SEC teams generally do not, as proven by the number of SEC teams ranked week in and week out. The PAC 10 had a fair number ranked this year, but as the season closed, they fell apart and fell out, which is normal, frankly. USC is about the only team in the PAC 10 that can be counted on to field a good team. They cannot count on their own conference to give them any sort of SOS advantage, so they must do so with OOC games. Even the usual strength from ND was missing this year for USC and Nebraska was a mess -- they honestly had a very weak schedule this year, despite how strong it looked early on, and they are realizing that this hurt them. That is precisely why the early rankings are a joke; who would have thought that ND and Nebraska would be so bad....
 

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