Sports gambling has come to regard the USC Trojans as one of the elite college football programs in all of sportsgambling but that perception may quickly change. In 2009 USC completed their worst sports gambling season since Carroll’s first year in 2001 as the Men of Troy finished 9-4 straight up and with a horrible sportsgambling mark of 4-9 against the spread.
USC finished the internet sports gambling bowl season in the Emerald Bowl with a 24-13 win over Boston College, a far cry from a sports gambling matchup in the Rose Bowl, which is what has come to be expected under Carroll.
This year USC was dominated in Pac-10 Conference losses to Oregon and Stanford which was an illustration that the sports gambling scenery was beginning to change in the Pac-10 and that other programs were emerging to challenge the Trojans for league supremacy.
Beyond that USC suffered an embarrassing 13-16 upset loss at Washington as 20.5-point dogs and was also upended in the regular season sports gambling finale by Arizona 17-21 as 7-point favorites for a stunning total of 4 conference losses.
Beyond the subpar season there was an ongoing NCAA investigation going for the USC football program regarding cash payments and automobile deals that was becoming a dark cloud over the program.
The new coach for the 2010 sports gambling season will have the incredible challenge of trying to maintain Carroll’s legacy of success while also keeping the fickle Los Angeles fan base interested and the 90,000 seats at Memorial Coliseum full. The coach will also have to clean up any potential mess from the final results of the investigation.
At USC under Carroll, however, the cupboard will not be bare and the sports gambling potential should remain big. But the rest of the Pac-10 Conference demonstrated that they are done being the whipping boy of USC and that they will compete for the title against the Trojans.
The 2010 sports gambling season will bring plenty of expectations, uncertainty and pressure to the new leader of the Men of Troy.