Sightings

Steve Sarkisian and Justin Wilcox were at the Long Beach Cabrillo-Orange Lutheran game and then headed to the Long Beach Poly-Corona Centennial game. Clay Helton watched Sam Darnold at the San Clemente-Atascadero game.

On The Road Tonight

USC coaches are out recruiting during the bye week. Among the big games tonight are Long Beach Poly at Corona Centennial. Poly features standout cornerback Iman Marshall and athlete Jack Jones while Centennial is led by wide receiver Javon McKinley.

Another marquee game is Santa Margarita at Bishop Gorman. Santa Margarita junior quarterback K.J. Costello already received a scholarship offer from USC while Bishop Gorman wide receiver Cordell Broadus remains a target. Also of state, the staff was going to attend a game in Texas between Allen and Plano. Allen features offensive tackle Greg Little.

The Edison-Servite game should also includw a USC coach on the sidelines to watch Friars wide receiver Equanimeous StBrown.

How Is The Honeymoon?

"0830_NWS_LDN-L-USC-FRESNO-MB"Since getting hired Steve Sarkisian did a nice job being inclusive to the fans and making them feel welcome again. And it seemed to bury any critics who wanted another candidate hired. But there’s also been a lot of criticism on social media since the Boston College game.

So what is the state of his honeymoon? Can everything be blamed on scholarship reductions and a transition season? Or are the fans already restless after just one loss? Mike Garrett used to say USC football coaches do not get honeymoons. That might be true in this case.

USC Morning Buzz: Season Check

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The first third of the season is already over and it feels longer because so many things already happened. Dramatic victory. Stunning loss. Off-field incidents. Sideline controversies.

Already criticisms of playcalling. No turnovers from Cody Kessler. Unexpected defensive flaws. Little usage of tight ends. Kicker Andre Heidari with 53-and-52 yard field goals. Flashes of freshmen excellence.

A top 10 ranking. Back-to-back road games. A bye week. Never a dull moment. What did I leave out?

Sarkisian On Chuma Edoga

Steve Sarkisian was effusive praising recruit Chuma Edoga, who enrolls in January.

“With Chuma Edoga, we think we’re getting the most premier offensive lineman in the country,” Sarkisian said. “The athleticism he possesses, the potential at left tackle that he has for the future, for his future and the future of our program, is something that is very unique.”

Quick Thought

ADOREE.JUJU.FRESNOSince everyone seems interested in playcalling, I’d much rather see Adoree Jackson go in motion and take a pitch than catch a bubble screen. Actually, I’d rather see anyone take a pitch than catch a bubble screen.

What Happened To The Front 7?

TAVAI.FUMBLEUSC’s offensive line struggled last week against Boston College. But it was supposed to struggle with three new starters.

What mystifies three games into the season is why the defensive front 7 is not playing better. USC’s ranked No. 116 in rushing defense with a front 7 that Justin Wilcox praised before the season.

I keep hearing the excuse that Hayes Pullard missed the first half of the Boston College game. BC rushed for 197 yards in the first half. And 255 in the second when Pullard played. Now Pullard is a warrior,no question, but fans/media seem to be looking for an excuse.

And the excuse is the front 7 has not performed to expectations. It’s far worse for a team strength to be a weakness than having a weakness like the offensive line be a weakness.

Boston College Offense Too Different?

HUTCHINGS.BOSTON.COLLEGEWas Boston College’s veer or pistol too different from the first two games for USC to handle?

“It was fun actually,” freshman cornerback Adoree Jackson said. “But at the end of the day, you didn’t have the same plays (on film) they had in the game or know what they are doing because they ran different plays.”