USC Morning Buzz: Offense Provides Tough Choices For Opposing Defenses

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The Stanford game demonstrated when USC’s offense is working how tough it can be for the opposing. In this analysis, I talk about how the Cardinal started the second half in a soft defense to curtail the pass, which opened up the run.

Excerpt: In the past two seasons, there were times when Ronald Jones was anointed the special one, only to see Justin Davis outplay him. With Stephen Carr, it no longer matters because the freshman is itching for a larger role if Jones is not playing at a high level. And he could easily seize it.

“Having our top two guys, it’s a great luxury,” USC running backs coach Deland McCullough said. “I’m not held hostage to one guy.”

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  • Peaceful Warrior

    So your analysis is that we have a strong running and passing game. Plus you imply that having 2 stud running back is a problem? Finally, you admit your early analysis that we have no deep threat was stupid . Solid work.

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      SC doesn’t have a deep threat. PAC 12 has poor defenses, SC can exploit every one of them, the playoff games will be a different story, if they get there.

      • Jack B

        Both Burnett and Mitchell can get deep and it’s only a matter of time before one of USC’s young speedsters turns the corner and the light bulb goes on.

        • Gabby

          He’s nothing but a narrow-minded troll

      • Peaceful Warrior

        So what conference is the great defense conference? SEC? Other than Alabama they have nothing.

        • Gabby

          Alabama got exposed by the Clemson offense….I loved it!

      • Gabby

        your analogy is flawed. Clemson rolled over a great Alabama defense….back to the drawing board

        • Jack B

          He’ll blame it on the fact that ALA was totally gassed. Well, of course they were. They could never get off the field. DeShaun Watson ran and passed ‘Bama silly. Saban got fully woodshedded.

          • Gabby

            He was out-coached from the start of the game. I’m sure he has nightmares after that game

          • Jack B

            He’s a truly great coach but he did get handled.

            He always says, “Never waste a failure.”

            Will be interesting to see if he wastes his failure against CLEM.

          • Gabby

            The national media needs to pull back on their love for the SEC. The SEC has gone 1 for 4 in the last 4 title games

    • Gabby

      The guy is all over the place. Mental stability must come into question, I’m serious

  • Jack B

    I would love to see Colin Cowherd and Joel Klatt hammer SW about his myopically negative view of USC football.

    Both Cowherd and Klatt are all over the excellence of this USC team on The Herd today. Easily USC’s best team since the PC era and both amazed how we so easily drilled an excellent STAN team. Our toughest opponent remaining on our schedule per Klatt: “complacency.”

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      Stanford ain’t that good, neither is UDUB, PAC is awful

      • Jack B

        STAN is actually a very good team, still very physical and skilled. Probably top 10-15, which is a very good squad. Shaw’s team just ran into a USC buzz saw, like a lot of teams will this year.

        USC is a potentially great team. Not just good, but great. If we hold the injuries down, we’re going to the final four for sure. Darnold’s the big-time cherry on top of a very skilled, athletic, large, experienced and cohesive group.

        What are you trying to say? SC didn’t just kill a good STAN team? Bull. And if the Pac-12 is so bad, what are the good conferences?

        • CORTEZ THE KILLER

          No, no they are not

          • Jack B

            So you say the Pac-12 is so bad. Which conferences are better? The SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12?

            Sorry, none of them are great either and all are just led by 1-2 schools which have a shot, just like USC and the Pac-12.

            OHIO ST just got killed at home. So now PSU looks like the big dog in the B10 and we all saw what happened last time the Trojans got ahold of them, and we’re a better team now.

          • Gabby

            You definitely have some perception issues. Go troll a SEC site…..thanks for your cooperation

      • Gabby

        Hey killer, support your claim. Please provide facts that reaffirm your statement….thanks

        • Jack B

          You already exposed Cortez the Troll. He’s dead in the water.

          • Ignore_the_trolls

            Easy solution — this user is blocked 🙂

      • Clay Russell

        I agree that other conferences are better at the top end, but I think the PAC 12 has more quality teams/programs top to bottom. I think Stanford has been better in the past and I’m not a believer in U dub. In my estimation, USC is not as bad as people were blaming them for being after WMU and they’re not as good as people are giving them credit for after Stanford. I had an up vote for you, but I don’t think the PAC 12 is awful.

        • Gabby

          Calling them a national title contender is giving them too much credit?

          • Clay Russell

            They’re clearly a national title contender, but some USC fans have them winning it already. USC is a ways away from being the team they can be and they aren’t currently the best team in the country. When I say “people” you shouldn’t take it personally.

          • Gabby

            OK!

          • Clay Russell

            Gabby, are you female?

          • Gabby

            Does gender matter?

          • Clay Russell

            Yes, absolutely.

          • Gabby

            OK….I’m a HeShe….sorry to disappoint you

            FIGHT ON!

          • Clay Russell

            No disappointment as that was actually my guess.

      • Pudly76

        Have you watched Ohio st. try passing the ball? Michigan is just so so, Penn st. may be the best of the bunch.

    • Gabby

      They wouldn’t waste their breath on a low level beat writer
      I missed Cowherd this morning, will go back and listen to the loop. Thanks for the 411

  • Cloud Shaman

    Both more effective because of the opposing teams preparation for th e other

  • Gabby

    What analysis? All you did was post some quotes from the coaching staff. Telling us how USC gained the yards is an analysis. You failed to mention a key point, dominate O-line caving in the right side of the defensive front.

    • Jack B

      The problem is, SW’s in real trouble, because SC’s real good and he doesn’t understand how we got this way or why.

      It’s tough to be SW nowadays. He’s still got the Trolls…but now he’s getting brutalized by savvy SC followers and as you pointed out, he’s got no answers or analysis.

      • Gabby

        So true….The guy’s low football IQ is being exposed. No one on the national level looks for wolf’s opinion….we know why!

      • Pudly76

        And yet he still has a vote.

        • Gabby

          I continue to scratch my head over that

        • steveg

          A travesty.

  • LamontRaymond

    This gushing is off-brand for Scottie – where’s the spite? Where’s the cheap negativity? It’s a good problem to have…..

  • TrojanBob5

    As usual, SW’s analysis lacks. USC controlled the line of scrimmage. It started with the first drive, and then, when everyone in the house knew USC would run every play in the 4th to run the clock, Stanford still couldn’t stop them. USC hasn’t been able to do that in years. But SW can only point out flaws. For some reason, SW has a man crush on Carr…If you actually watched both games, you know RoJo is tearing it up. SW’s comment about Carr “only needed x carries,” sorry, that is way misleading. RoJo had the bulk of the short yardage carries. They are both doing great….keep it going!