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2006 USC Trojans Football Preview

Welcome to Maddux's 2006 USC Trojans season preview. As usual we have taken the time to break down the team, while providing information about the university, and the 2006 USC Trojans Football Schedule. If you are wagering on college football this season consider using Maddux Sports' College football picks for the added edge over the sportsbooks in 2006. In addition be sure to bookmark our free college football lines service for the upcoming season.

Coach: Pete Carroll (6th year at USC)
Team Name: Trojans
2005 Overall Record: 12-0
2005 Pac 10 Conference Record 8-0
Returning Starters: 10

Although coach Pete Carroll is an expert recruiter, there are big questions at QB and RB with Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush gone. QB John David Booty had back surgery and QB Mark Sanchez is out due to a sexual assault charge. Also at jeopardy is the RB position-- some players are injured while others are in academic limbo.

The receiving corps looks like a winner as Dwayne Jarrett returns after a great season (91 REC, 1,274 YDS, 16 TDS) accompanied by the dependable Steve Smith. However, the Trojans offensive line is decimated, which could spell trouble for the backfield.

The defense seems to be surefire as a tough group of linebackers returns. Lawrence Jackson earned 10 sacks last season, Josh Pinkard made 41 tackles and Oscar Lua ran up a total of 66 tackles and assists.

In the secondary, Terrell Thomas, who’s coming off a knee injury, needs to be healthy. Pinkard brings flexibility to the field and twins Ryan and Brandon Ting are unyielding at safety. All of this is good news.

Last year, the Trojan’s finished the regular season undefeated. Late this season, they meet California and Notre Dame, both at home. Those are two games that can swing either way, determining USC’s post-season fate. With key loses, many question marks and a tough schedule, coach Carroll will be put to the ultimate test in 2006.

USC Trojans 2006 Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Road
Sep 2
Arkansas
Road
Sep 16
Nebraska
Home
Sep 23
Arizona
Road
Sep 30
Washington State
Road
Oct 7
Washington
Home
Oct 14
Arizona State
Home
Oct 28
Oregon State
Road
Nov 4
Stanford
Road
Nov 11
Oregon
Home
Nov 18
California
Home
Nov 25
Notre Dame
Home
Dec 2
UCLA
Road

 

For more data on the 2006 USC football program, view the Trojans team website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the Pac 10 competition.

 

2006 Pac 10 Football Previews

All ten of the Pac 10 football teams are previewed below. When you click on any of the Pacific 10 conference teams below you will taken to the individual preview from Maddux Sports. For other college's not in the PAC10 visit the main 2006 college football preview page.

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