LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You don't have to ask more than a few underclassmen on the University of Southern California's campus to find out who the Trojans' star football player is this year. One name resonates with the student body over all others: senior quarterback Cody Kessler. According to Bovada, USC's "big man on campus" is tied for the fourth best odds to win the Heisman trophy heading into the 2015 season. Last year, he passed for 3,826 yards on 69.7% passing, with that completion percentage being good enough for third best among all FBS quarterbacks. Kessler managed to only throw five interceptions against 39 touchdowns in 2014. In fact, he hasn't thrown more than one pick in a game since September 28, 2013, when the Trojans went to Arizona State. The Bakersfield, California native will look to continue that trend in 2015 as he leads the team into a slate of daunting opponents. In total, USC is set to play seven teams ranked in the top 25 of the preseason poll. The premiere matchups of the season are when No. 2 TCU comes to play in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum during week three, a road trip to Lansing to take on No. 6 Michigan State in week five, and a showdown with preseason favorite Ohio State in week 10. While there are a number of worthy opponents on the schedule this year, the Trojans only travel outside of California three times total (at Texas, at Michigan State, at Penn State). "It worked out in our favor this year," noted USC head coach, Steve Sarkisian, on the 2015 schedule. "Our bye week comes at the perfect time, too, as we'll have gone to Michigan State and Penn State in back-to-back weeks going into it. Our guys will be ready for a lighter week as we gear up for the home stretch." With the Big Ten's Rose division looking like one of the deepest in all of college football, it's going to be a tough task for the Trojans to come out on top, but Sarkisian is feeling optimistic about their chances. "Ohio State and Oregon have great programs year in and year out, and being in a division with the two National Championship teams from last year will serve as a good test for us, but we had a great fall camp and we have the right players to make a run at a title, " said the coach. USC opens the season at Texas in week 2. The game will be televised nationally by ABC.