The Trojans play Nebraska on Dec. 27 at
"The coolest part is that it's San Diego, it's two hours away," quarterback Cody Kessler said. "It's going to be like a home game for us.
"Hopefully, we get a lot of fans to make the trip. The biggest part for me was who we get to play, and I think Nebraska is really a quality team."
USC is 8-4 and coming off a victory over Notre Dame.
Nebraska is 9-3 and will be coached by interim Coach Barney Cotton.
USC receiver Nelson Agholor noted that Nebraska was "a very historic program — obviously a program that is a nationally known brand. So it's a great opportunity for both us and them."
Utah's Nate Orchard, who has 17 1/2 sacks, Missouri's Shane Ray (14 sacks), Ohio State's Joey Bosa (13 1/2) and Clemson's Vic Beasley (11) made the first team.
Williams recorded six sacks.
"In this day and age in college football, I think so many times people get caught looking at numbers — and there was a lot of guys this year that had a bunch of sacks," Sarkisian said, noting that Williams is deployed as an interior lineman and has played through ankle and shoulder injuries.
"I thought he had a fantastic season," Sarkisian said. "Not everybody has to agree with me. There's more teams to come out. We'll see how it plays out for him."
USC won't be sad to see him go.
The Trojans faced the fourth-year junior only once.
In 2012, Mariota completed 20 of 23 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 96 yards in Oregon's 62-51 victory over the Trojans at the Coliseum.
In 2013 and 2014, because of the Pac-12 Conference schedule rotation, USC did not play Oregon or Washington.
The Trojans are scheduled to play the Ducks next season on Nov. 21 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.