Quick Game Thoughts

Top form: Passing game, pass rush, kick returns.
Needs work: Pass defense, punt team, running game, two-point conversions.

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  • steve49

    Tighten up coverage, O line needs to blow off the ball on running plays, and Woods has hands of stone tonight.

  • Ben Factor

    Important problems exposed, in light of 49-10. Unworthiness of opponent exposing the problems is a legitimate concern.

    USC’s pass rush was achieved against new starters who are not equivalent athletes to USC’s DL, so it’s hard to say what it means regarding an opponent such as Stanford.

    USC OL couldn’t run block effectively against new DL and LB starters who are not equivalent athletes to USC’s OL. This MUST be solved.

    Regarding poor run/pass balance, was USC forced to abandon rushing the ball because of poor yardage gains, or was it to pad Barkley’s stats?

    Is McNeal hurt?

    Pass coverage problematic and seems systemic, not simply personnel. The DBs are a year older, but pass defense was poor last year.

    Penalties may not mean much–first game.