My take on the 5 most important games TrojanInSF Points Member Joined: Sep 10, 2017 Messages: 792 Likes Received: 869 Aug 19, 2019 #1 Super bored at work and jacked for CFB. Here are my thoughts on the 5 most important games on our schedule, and why. Note: my "goals" for the season, in order, are 1) win the South, and 2) with the Pac 12. Beyond that I don't think anything is realistic. Second note: UCLA is not on this list. I think they will be terrible and we should win that game handily. 5) - Stanford Stanford is down a bit from their peak a few years back, but this is always an important early-season measuring stick and tone-setter as the first game of conference play. A solid win puts us on a great trajectory, while a repeat of last-year's ass kicking immediately turns up the heat on Clay's job status. 4) Oregon I debated putting this game higher but 4 seems about right. We have a brutal P12 North slate this year, and we have to win one vs. UW or Oregon. I'll prioritize the Ducks game to hopefully send a message to our SoCal recruits who seem so enamored with Oregon these days. Time to put a stop to the #CaliFlock movement. 3) ASU Probably the one I'll look back on as silly, but I think ASU has a hell of a head coach, a relatively soft Pac 12 slate, and will be in the thick of the P12 South standings come November. This is a head-to-head we really don't want to lose if we want to go to Santa Clara. 2) Notre Dame Our recent lack of success against the Irish has been unacceptable, and while I think a win is unrealistic, this is one of the few "all eyes on us" games we will have all season. A decent showing here is mandatory after the abomination of our last trip to South Bend. As we've seen in recruiting, the national perception of USC is very important, and this is a chance to show well on a big stage against a national power. 1) Utah Nothing fancy here. Utah is the class of the South, and the winner of this game is in the driver's seat to win the division. We caught a break getting them at home on a Friday night (atrocious scheduling once again by the Pac 12). This one is a must win. USCTFL, KiwiSCfan, gepetohong and 3 others like this.