College Football season hasn’t even been over for a full week and already Trojans across the country are making plans for the 2013 season.
Why so excited? Why so eager? After all, it’s not like USC has a defensive coordinator or a new head coach to give the fanbase a reason to get amped up for next season.
So what has everyone planning September road trips and October trips to South Bend?
The full 2013 USC football schedule of course. With it, Trojan tailgaters can properly begin to plan their 2013 season. Airline tickets to away games can be booked. Excitement can start to build.
After all, win or lose, Lane Kiffin or a much better coach, the Trojan way is to Fight On!
Some oddities on the Trojans’ 2013 schedule include a Thursday home game on October 10 versus Arizona. This makes no logical sense to most people. People have work, school and kids to take care of. Getting in and out of downtown LA on a weeknight is, quite literally, the worst idea Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has had in awhile.
But this is the Pac-12, governed by a man whose experience lies in Women’s Tennis, and he believes that weekday games give you “visibility.”
I am sure every one of the usual commenters has something to say about that. Thursday night football is for mid-majors, for Division II and III teams, not for BCS programs. This will be the first non-Thanksgiving weekday home game in USC’s history. Thanks a lot Larry Scott. Way to kill tailgating, bookstore merchandise sales, etc. Well done, sir.
Of course, all of this is because of the Pac-12 Network (that over two million Angelinos still cannot watch as DirecTV does not carry the network) deal which stipulates that every team plays a conference game on a weekday.
USC happens to have two conference games on a weekday, and three weekday games overall—the Trojans open at Hawaii on Thursday, August 29.
Friday night is for high school football—hence, Friday Night Lights—but USC will face off at Oregon State on Friday, November 1st.
Homecoming is November 16th versus Stanford—which should be just loads of fun. (Yes, that is sarcasm folks.) Here’s hoping that the hook of Stanford, coming off a Pac-12 championship and Rose Bowl win, will secure this game the coveted prime time slot. The last two years, USC’s Homecoming game has been a 12:00 or 12:30 pm game, which does not leave a lot of time for tailgating.
The full 2013 USC football schedule
8/29 (Thursday)- @ Hawaii
9/7 - vs. Washington State
9/14 - vs. Boston College
9/21 - vs. Utah State
9/28 - @ Arizona State
10/10 (Thursday)- vs. Arizona
10/19 - @ Notre Dame
10/26 - vs. Utah
11/1 (Friday) - @ Oregon State
11/9 - @ Cal
11/16 - vs. Stanford
11/23 - @ Colorado
11/30 - vs. UCLA