The USC Trojans are the favorite to win the Pac-12 in 2015, which would put them in prime position to make the College Football Playoff. However, that won't satisfy the Trojans - they're focused on raising the trophy at the end of the season. Here are three reasons why they can win the national championship:
3) Steve Sarkisian's genius
Sarkisian produced a 9-4 campaign in his first season with the Trojans, but there is no college football coaching job west of the Rockies which demands instant success quite like USC. Sarkisian has one of the game's most enduring and effective brands at his disposal in recruiting, which he's translated into an amazing about of blue chip recruits that other schools are left dreaming about. USC should only improve in Sark's second season, and all those talented players will have more chances to shine.
2) No other dominant Pac-12 force
Oregon has been the Pac-12 heavyweight for the past few seasons, but now that Marcus Mariota is in the NFL, they're expected to take a step back this year. UCLA and Arizona State also won't be as good with new starting quarterbacks, and Stanford isn't the team they once were following their 8-5 campaign last season.
1) Cody Kessler's dominance
The age of Kessler started in 2014, but the talented junior signal caller still managed to fly somewhat under the radar despite connecting on 69.7 percent of his pass attempts for 3,826 yards, 39 touchdowns and a scant five interceptions. Yes, he’ll be without all-everything wideout Nelson Agholor, who’ll be playing on Sundays, but Sarkisian’s Trojans will still trot out plenty of skill position help around Kessler to make the Bakersfield, CA native a legitimate Heisman hopeful.