USC Season Odds
Never short on talent, the USC Trojans are once again stacked and ready to make a run at a national title. But can the Trojans avoid the one-game hiccup that they seem to always have every year?
The Trojans finished with a 12-1 record (8-1 in the PAC 10) under head coach Pete Carroll, who is 88-15 overall at USC. After losing Mark Sanchez to the NFL draft in April, one of Carroll’s biggest challenges this season will be to find a replacement at quarterback.
Enter Mitch Mustain, the former Arkansas quarterback who transferred to USC after his freshman season. The junior passed for only 157 yards last year, but Carroll fully believes that Mustain can fill Sanchez’s shoes this season.
Mustain will have help offensively, as running back Stafon Johnson and receiver Damian Williams return this season. Of course, USC will once again be stacked defensively, with safeties Taylor Mays and Drew McAllister, defensive end Everson Griffen and cornerback Kevin Thomas all returning.
USC does have some big holes to fill, however. Besides Sanchez, USC also has to replace their top four linebackers as Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga, Clay Matthews and Kaluka Maiava were all selected in April’s draft. The program also lost safety Kevin Ellison and cornerback Cary Harris.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING, USC has 7/1 odds to win the 2010 BCS National Championship. The Trojans return nine starters offensively, but only three defensively. They always have great recruiting classes, but Carroll is going to have his hands full replacing the talent that USC lost from last year.
Still, you know USC is going to be competitive once again this season. It’ll be interesting to see if Mustain can get the job done.
2010 BCS National Championship Odds
USC Trojans 7/1
Posted: 7/3/09 1:31AM ET