Coach Lincoln Riley, USC faces first big test against Stanford

Before the Big Ten bombshell that would remake the college football landscape, USC was already embarking upon major change. The Trojans had brought in a big-name new coach, Lincoln Riley—poached from Oklahoma at great expense. He was soon followed by a veritable Rose Parade of star transfers, and the Trojans roster was gutted to the studs.

“There’s not one person here who’s not doing something new,” Riley said in late August. “Every player here is either in a new school, a new system or both.”


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