Steve Sarkisian’s return to the USC football program felt like the perfect move for a team looking to regain its identity. For the upcoming season, Sarkisian’s expectations for the Trojans are sky high, with USC an early favorite to earn one of the four spots in the second College Football Playoff.
The projections are high because of the players returning. As far as college football goes, USC will have a veteran team that returns 30 starters from offense, defense and special teams. Even with losing two top-20 picks in the 2015 NFL Draft, this skilled, senior-laden team is prepared to make a splash before going after their NFL dream.
As usual, USC has some major games on their schedule that will be must-watch television due to their high preseason ranking. With secondary market ticket information provided by RazorGator.com, below are a few of the most expensive average prices for USC football tickets this season.
10/17/2015 | Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. USC Trojans | Notre Dame Stadium | Average Price: $449.13 | Get-in Price: $200
USC is going for two wins in a row against Notre Dame, who play for the Jeweled Shillelagh. Last year, Kessler threw for six touchdowns in a Trojans rout, 49-14. This game will probably carry College Football Playoff implications, as this is the most important matchup between the two teams since the 2012 season, when a preseason-unranked Notre Dame team entered the game as the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
11/28/2015 | USC Trojans vs. UCLA Bruins | Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum | Average Price: $220.78 | Get-in Price: $82
The in-state battle of these two California-based teams has rose to prominence with the emergence of the UCLA Bruins football program in the past few years. Now on basically equally footing in terms of national spotlight, USC will look to avenge last season’s 38-20 loss at the Rose Bowl.
11/21/2015 | Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans | Autzen Stadium | Average Price: $192.25 | Get-in Price: $95
USC did not face the Oregon Ducks last season with the Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, who wound up losing in the National Championship. This regular season matchup may be a Pac-12 Championship game preview for a spot in the final four. Oregon returns a majority of the team that reached the final game, but has a new on-the-field leader at the quarterback position that may take some getting used to.