The nation’s No. 24-ranked USC football team will look to extend its opening game winning streak when the program starts its 2013 season with a trip to Hawaii Thursday night at Aloha Stadium.
The Trojans started last season at the No. 1 in the nation, but struggled with form down the stretch and suffered defeats five of their final six games.
Thursday night’s game marks the fifth time since 1999 that USC and Hawaii will face each other in a season opener against each other, with the game in Honolulu seeing former Trojan assistant Norm Chow facing his ex-bosses.
USC enters the contest with a decision to make as sophomores Max Wittek and Cody Kessler are expected to step up fill big departing shoes.
“They’ve both done so well, made so many plays,” said Trojans coach Lane Kiffin. “It didn’t show itself that one guy was above the other guy, so we do it all the time with other positions.
“We’re not going to be stubborn and name a starter just because we’re supposed to. … We’ve got to do with all of our decisions what’s best for our team.
“For us, we look at it as a great thing. We’ve got two guys that we feel great about.
“We don’t feel like we have to limit our offense with either one of them in there.”
USC are being backed at 74% to win tonight’s game, according to the odds and picks.