USC's Season Summary: After a challenging 7-5 season with a tough ending, USC is gearing up for the DirecTV Holiday Bowl in San Diego against Louisville.
Louisville's Strong Finish: Louisville had an impressive 10-3 overall record, securing the 15th rank, their best since 2016.
Quarterback Uncertainty: USC's star quarterback, Caleb Williams, who's a potential top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, hasn't confirmed if he'll play in the Holiday Bowl or head to the NFL next season.
Quarterback Competition: The Holiday Bowl might showcase a quarterback competition between USC's backup quarterbacks, Miller Moss and Malachi Nelson, as Williams is likely to depart.
USC's Bowl Game History: Since 1888, USC has participated in 55 bowl games, holding a record of 35 wins and 21 losses.
Coach Riley's Bowl Record: Head coach Lincoln Riley has a record of 1-4 in bowl games, including an 0-3 performance in the College Football Playoff, adding an element of challenge for USC.
Player Opt-Out Uncertainty: It's uncertain how many USC players might choose not to play in the Holiday Bowl, raising questions about the team's lineup for the upcoming game.
Quarterback Transition: With Williams likely leaving, Coach Riley faces the task of finding a suitable replacement either within the team's roster or through recruitment.