ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The status of Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams for the Cotton Bowl is uncertain because of what his coach described Sunday as a “significant" hamstring injury for the likely Heisman Trophy finalist.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — After missing its chance to get into the College Football Playoff, Southern California is going to the Cotton Bowl to play the highest-ranked Group of Five team in a stadium where coach Lincoln Riley won a few championships before taking over the Trojans.
No. 14 Tulane (11-2, American Athletic, No. 16 CFP) vs No. 8 Southern California (11-2, Pac-12, No. 10 CFP), Jan. 2, 1 p.m. ET
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Lincoln Riley took over Southern California’s four-win football program one year ago this week, the coach stood on the top rim of the Coliseum and boldly declared his Trojans should be competing for championships right away.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Caleb Williams perfectly faked a handoff and sprinted up the middle for the first of his three rushing touchdowns against Notre Dame, he went to the Southern California sideline and extended a stiff-arm with his body coiled in a familiar way.
No. 13 Notre Dame (8-3, No. 15 CFP) at No. 5 Southern California (10-1, No. 6 CFP), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: USC by 5 1/2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 5 Southern California's swift transformation from a program in disarray to a revitalized powerhouse in its first season under Lincoln Riley has been one of the most impressive developments of the college football season.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Caleb Williams bolstered Southern California's push for a possible spot in the College Football Playoff with the biggest game of his career against the Trojans' archrival.
He also might have to book a trip to New York next month as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
No. 7 Southern California (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12, No. 7 CFP) at No. 16 UCLA (8-2, 5-2, No. 16 CFP), Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (FOX)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: USC by 2 1/2.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Shane Beamer had a message for those wondering why Tennessee receiver Jalin Hyatt left town to star for the fifth-ranked Volunteers.
“I have certainly heard from people about what an idiot I am that I didn’t recruit Jalin Hyatt,” said Beamer, the second-year coach who was an Oklahoma assistant when Hyatt was a standout for Dutch Fork High Schoo, about 20 miles from the Gamecocks' campus.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Many fans and other observers thought Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s performance against Southern California last year was an emphatic final chapter to his UCLA career.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Everybody on Southern California's sideline poured onto the Coliseum field to surround the cart transporting running back Travis Dye, whose collegiate career had just ended with one awkward tackle.
Colorado (1-8, 1-5 Pac-12) at No. 8 Southern California (8-1, 6-1; No. 8 CFP), Friday, 9:30 p.m. EST (FS1)
Line: USC by 34 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Lincoln Riley added a wealth of veteran talent to Southern California's roster in the offseason through the transfer portal, that bounty included two key former Colorado players whose departures probably accelerated the Buffaloes' downfall and definitely boosted the Trojans' rise.
California (3-5, 1-4 Pac-12) at No. 9 Southern California (7-1, 5-1, No. 9 CFP), Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Line: USC by 21 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a coach who took three Oklahoma teams to the College Football Playoff, Lincoln Riley sure doesn't profess much interest in the rankings that are telling the college football world he's got a shot to get No.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Southern California's bye could not have come at a better time.
The time off not only gave the 10th-ranked Trojans an opportunity to get healthy, it allowed them a chance to reflect and refocus after an emotional 43-42 loss to No.
Caleb Williams found a critic that's hard to please — himself.
Evaluating his performance six games into his Southern California career, the quarterback felt that he’s played "all right.”
His version of “all right” has the seventh-ranked Trojans (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) off to their best start since 2006.
Things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 7 Southern California at No. 20 Utah. The Trojans (6-0, 4-0 Pac-12) have thrived in their first season under Lincoln Riley, who is the first USC coach to open 6-0 in his first season since Jess Hill in 1951.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caleb Williams and the Southern California offense usually carried the Trojans to victory in their first five weeks under Lincoln Riley.
Against high-scoring Washington State, the Trojans' defense showed it can step forward to meet the same standard that's kept USC unbeaten halfway through the regular season.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The party is over for Brent Venables.
Oklahoma’s new football coach was welcomed at the Norman airport like a conquering hero when he arrived to replace USC-bound Lincoln Riley in December.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although No. 6 Southern California made wholesale changes to most aspects of its football program during the offseason, the defense's transformation into a turnover-creating machine is what really catches Jake Dickert's eye.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Caleb Williams and No. 6 Southern California never trailed against Arizona State, the Trojans also couldn't pull away during a fairly average first half by their newly ambitious standards under coach Lincoln Riley.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 6 Southern California's first real experience with adversity under coach Lincoln Riley was a good reminder that not every game will be as smooth as the start of their season.
Arizona State (1-3, 0-1 Pac-12) at No. 6 Southern California (4-0, 2-0), Saturday, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
LINE: USC by 26 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
While coach Lincoln Riley has USC back on a winning path, Oregon State presents perhaps the biggest challenge so far of his first season with the Trojans.
No. 7 USC (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at Oregon State (3-0, 0-0), Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12)
Line: USC by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 7 Southern California (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at Oregon State (3-0), Saturday. The Beavers have a chance to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 2012.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caleb Williams and seventh-ranked Southern California showed off different aspects of their offense Saturday night, all while continuing to pile up points and yards.
Williams threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for two more scores.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 7 Southern California's roaring start under Lincoln Riley has caught the college football world's attention and driven the Trojans to their highest ranking in five years.
Fresno State is exactly the type of opponent that could put the brakes on the excitement around a rebuilding project that's humming along smoothly.
Perhaps no team in the Pac-12 has worked the transfer portal harder than Southern California.
The Trojans have 33 players who previously played at other four-year universities on their roster.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford coach David Shaw spends part of his offseason each year studying up for his side gig as a draft analyst so he knows very well what NFL teams are looking for in a quarterback.
No. 10 Southern California (1-0) at Stanford (1-0), Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: USC by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 10 Southern California at Stanford, Saturday. The first game of the Pac-12 season should be a good one.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — No. 10 Southern California has a three-headed monster at running back that showed its face in the season opener.
Former Stanford rusher Austin Jones had two touchdown scampers, ex-Oregon tailback Travis Dye thrived at pass protection and freshman Raleek Brown showed off his athleticism.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California scored on every one of its possessions in the first three quarters. The Trojans' defense also took three interceptions to the house, and a stadium filled with winning-starved fans went increasingly wild for each and every score.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Finally, Brent Venables gets his shot.
The man who helped build dominant defenses in 26 years as an assistant coach at Kansas State, Oklahoma and Clemson will make his head coaching debut Saturday when ninth-ranked Oklahoma hosts UTEP.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California’s new era in football has been assembled like a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster.
The Trojans brought in a young upstart with a flashy track record in former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley to run the production.
Rice (0-0) at No. 14 Southern California (0-0), Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
LINE: USC by 32 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — There is a different vibe around the Oklahoma program this year.
The Sooners’ run of conference championships ended at six last season with a loss to Oklahoma State that cost them a spot in the Big 12 title game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — From Hollywood to the sports world, everybody loves a comeback story.
That's why Southern California's remarkable football rebirth is attracting so much attention. It's why a team that finished 4-8 last season and then added dozens of new players this summer is No.
Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams isn’t a typical transfer.
Rather than adapting to a new coach and an entirely new system, Williams followed Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to USC. So he’s playing for the same coach, albeit at a different school.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coaching changes in the Pac-12 are a given, but it is rare when it happens to three of the most recognizable programs in the conference.
Such is the case with Southern California, Oregon, and Washington, which have new coaches on the sideline this season.
There are three new head coaches in the Big 12 and there will be a few new starting quarterbacks when the season kicks off in September. Only Oklahoma has both.
Arizona has two quarterbacks who split time last year, added a transfer from another Pac-12 school and has a freshman who has been turning heads.
The Wildcats have a frontrunner to be the starter but the first game is still more than four months away, so no reason to make any declarations just yet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a coach charged with the monumental task of raising a prestigious college football program from its lowest depths in three decades, Lincoln Riley looked quite content after Southern California's spring game.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — New Oklahoma coach Brent Venables respects what the Sooners have accomplished in recent years, but he believes they can be even better.
Lincoln Riley compiled a 55-10 record in five seasons before leaving to become head coach at Southern California. Quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won Heisman trophies before becoming No.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Nick Saban's willingness to adapt and often be a catalyst for change in college football, both on the field and off, has propelled Alabama to six national championships in 13 seasons.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California assistant football coach Dave Nichol died Friday in McKinney, Texas. He was 45.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Nichol had cancer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caleb Williams missed the entrance to work on the first day of his new job at Southern California. He jogged out of the John McKay Center and headed the wrong way down McClintock Avenue before he got pointed to the right door for practice at Howard Jones Field.