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USC to play Ole Miss in 2025, ‘26

Lane Kiffin is coming back to the Coliseum.

On Monday, USC announced that it has scheduled a home-and-home series against Ole Miss, which is now coached by former Trojan offensive coordinator and head coach Lane Kiffin. The first game will take place in Los Angeles on August 30, 2025. The return trip to Oxford, Mississippi will be Sept. 19, 2026.

The 2025 game will be the first ever meeting between USC and Ole Miss, and the 2026 contest will be first ever trip to Mississippi for the Trojans.

“USC will always be a special place to my family and me, and we were excited to finalize this series,” Kiffin told the Ole Miss official site. “This will showcase two of college football’s greatest gamedays, and we look forward to this meeting down the road.”

With the way coaching changes happen in college football now, it will be interesting to see if either head coach is still at their school when the games take place. But that will clearly be a subplot if they are, and Kiffin brought Helton to USC as his quarterbacks coach when he took over the Trojans in 2010.

This is the second non-conference game USC has scheduled for the 2025 season, with Notre Dame already on the schedule. The 2026 road trip is added to home games against Fresno State and Notre Dame.

USC coaches are likely to quickly use these games as a recruiting aid in the 2022 and 2023 recruiting classes, as Southeast prospects are always targeted by Trojan coaches and now they’ll have a future appearance down there to pitch.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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