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Ole Miss, Southern Cal announce two-game football series

OXFORD — Ole Miss and Southern California have agreed to a home-and-home football series for the 2025 and 2026 seasons, the two schools announced on Monday.

The Rebels will visit USC on Aug. 30, 2025, marking their first ever visit to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Ole Miss will then host the Trojans in Oxford on Sept. 19, 2026.

“USC will always be a special place to my family and me, and we were excited to finalize this series,” Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin said. “This will showcase two of college football’s greatest gamedays, and we look forward to this meeting down the road.”

The games could mark Kiffin’s return to Los Angeles for the first time since he was fired as USC’s head coach seven years ago.

Kiffin had a 28-15 record as head coach at USC from 2010-13. He hired current head coach Clay Helton as the Trojans’ quarterback coach in 2010.

He also spent six years as an assistant coach at USC under Pete Carroll (2001-06), including the final two seasons as offensive coordinator. During that time, the Trojans won two national championships, and had two Heisman Trophy winners and a 65-12 record.

The 2025 encounter between Ole Miss and USC will mark the first meeting between the teams. It also is just the third time in program history that the Rebels will travel to California, after facing Cal in 2017 and Fresno State in 2011.

Cal is the only current member of the Pac-12 conference that Ole Miss has faced (2017, 2019).