USC returned all five offensive line starters and entered the season with the second-most career starts in the country. But which line is ranked No. 2 in the nation this season by Pro Football Focus? Washington State.
“The Cougars line boasts PFF’s highest-graded guard in Cody O’Connell and the sixth-highest and 10th-highest graded tackles in Cole Madison and Andre Dillard respectively, along with No. 15 guard Eduardo Middleton.”
Washington State. USC is not listed in the top 10 rankings, by the way.
In my analysis for today’s paper, I write about the constant turnover on the USC coaching staff. That does not mean keeping a bad coach, but making sure you get it right when you hire the next one.
Excerpt: For the defensive linemen, Ed Orgeron taught one system. He was replaced for two years by Chris Wilson. This year, defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is coaching the defensive ends while Kenechi Udeze handles the tackles.
For a fourth-year senior, that means four different coaches. A similar argument could be made by USC’s offensive linemen. Senior offensive tackle Zach Banner’s had a different offensive line coach every year. Full story here
It’s a bye week and I’ll post some items today under the theme, “Bad Bookstore Items.” First up, it’s the grey/black USC football jersey. This is the type of nightmare I always fear USC will actually wear in a game.
Back when USC was 1-3, it was pointed out the teams the Trojans played were 13-2 overall. So let’s look at the final four teams on the schedule: Oregon, Washington, UCLA and Notre Dame. They are a combined 13-13. Eliminate Washington and it’s a 7-13 record.
Increasingly, the UCLA game looks like a trap game. If USC wins, it might be considered a non event with UCLA’s struggles. But a loss would be a catastrophe from a fans’ perspective.