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USC announces 2018 football schedule

The team starts next season against UNLV and wraps up with UCLA and Notre Dame back-to-back

The 2018 USC football schedule has been announced by the Pac-12 and it features six home games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, with visits from non-conference opponents Notre Dame and UNLV and league foes Washington State (on a Friday night), Arizona State, California and Colorado.

The Trojans’ road games will be at Texas, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, Utah and Oregon State. USC, which has a bye following the fifth game of the season, will play nine league foes in the 2018 regular season (all but Oregon and Washington).

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USC will open its 2018 slate at home on Labor Day weekend by hosting UNLV on Sept. 1, only the second time the teams have played.

The Trojans then go on the road for a pair of marquee games, first opening league competition at Stanford on Sept. 8 — marking the eighth consecutive season that USC will play the Pac-12’s first conference game of the year — and then traveling to Austin to face Texas on Sept. 15.

Friday night lights

USC returns to the Coliseum for a Friday night contest against Washington State on Sept. 21, the Trojans’ first Friday home game since 1999.

The Trojans then alternate road and home Saturday contests the rest of their 2018 schedule, beginning with a Sept. 29 trip to Arizona. After a bye the following weekend, USC welcomes Colorado to the Coliseum on Oct. 13. Troy is then at Utah on Oct. 20, home against Arizona State on Oct. 27, begins November play going to Oregon State on Nov. 3 and hosts California on Nov. 10.

Rivals, back-to-back

USC concludes its 2018 regular season by playing its traditional rivals, first meeting UCLA in the Rose Bowl on Nov. 17 and then hosting Notre Dame on Nov. 24 during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Trojans, who are headed to this year’s Pac-12 Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Dec. 1, will look to make a return visit there in 2018 when the game will be held Nov. 30, 2018.

Game times and television plans for USC’s 2018 games will be announced at a later date. All games will be nationally televised by either the ESPN channels, ABC, Fox, Fox Sports 1 or Pac-12 Networks.

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