USC will unveil the renovated Coliseum with three straight nationally televised evening kickoffs to start the 2019 season.
The Trojans open with Fresno State Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. A week later, on Sept. 7, they welcome Pac-12 rival Stanford at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN for their conference opener. After a Sept. 14 visit to BYU, slated for 12:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, USC returns to the Coliseum for a crucial contest against 2018 Pac-12 South division champion Utah on Friday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. on FS1.
Coming off a 5-7 season that put USC coach Clay Helton firmly on the hot seat entering 2019, the Trojans need to get off to a hot start to build momentum heading into back-to-back road games at Washington (Sept. 28) and Notre Dame (Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m., NBC).
The other kickoff time announced Thursday is USC’s second Friday night game, Oct. 25 at Colorado at 6 p.m. on ESPN2.