In order for USC to be bowl-eligible, the Trojans will need to reach the six-win mark with only two games left in the season. The dilemma is USC’s overall record currently sits at 4-6 with the Trojans scheduled to play California to finish out the season.
Dart was still in high school when USC was thwarted by Iowa in the Holiday Bowl in 2019. Now as a true freshman, Dart will make his second career start on Saturday with the Trojans’ hopes on the line to make their first bowl appearance in two years.
In the loss to UCLA, Dart impressed with 325 passing yards and a 57.4 completion percentage on 47 attempts.
With USC only winning one of its last five games, the rough stretch has offered a clearer picture for what’s needed out of the team.
“We had a little bit of highs and lows, but for the most part, guys still practice hard, still flying around,” interim head coach Donte Williams said. “You see a lot of ‘want to,’ but we got to have ‘want to’ from everyone, and that’s including myself, that’s excluding all the coaches, that’s trainers, everyone. It has to be a full buy-in to make sure we’re fully prepared to take on BYU.”