“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.”
USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox took full responsibility for the Boston College debacle.
“I obviously didn’t do a good job preparing us,” Wilcox said.
Whoa! That was fast! One loss and suddenly Steve Sarkisian is already defending his dual role of being playcaller/head coach.
“I have a firm belief in my own capability to execute those duties, as the head coach and the playcaller,” Sarkisian said. “I’ve had worse games than scoring 31 points..”
If Sarkisian needs to give up playcalling, what should defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox do? Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve been critical of the conservative playcalling and poor usage of Juju Smith and Adoree Jackson.
I also favored bigger-named candidates to replace Lane Kiffin. But USC hired Sarkisian and part of his package was calling plays. So it’s a little too early to go to panic stations.
USC offensive line commit Chuma Edoga and his McEachern (Georgia) team plays Lovejoy, Ga. on ESPN on Friday at 5 p.m. PT.
“I thought our scheme was good. I thought we tackled well. (USC) looked confused. They were confused.”
– Boston College coach Steve Addazio
Now that USC lost to Boston College, the latest line is that it does not affect winning the Pac-12 South or ultimately, the Pac-12 title. Do I think USC can win the Pac-12 South? Yes.
But the loss to Boston College does make it less likely because it exposed shortcomings that may or may not be fixed. Good teams find ways to win games. USC did that against Stanford. But it reverted to the Kiffin era against BC.
That means it might lay another egg. Which means it can still win the Pac-12 South but people should not be acting like it’s simply time to move on and not worry about nonconference games.
Cornerback Adoree Jackson forced two fumbles and intercepted a pass in today’s practice.
Here’s USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox on the problems the defense had communicating during the Boston College game.
The 2015 schedule includes a tough stretch where USC hosts Stanford (Sept. 19), goes to Arizona State (Sept. 26), hosts Washington (Thursday, Oct. 8) and then travels to Notre Dame (Oct. 17).
But a challenging portion of the schedule is the least that can happen when you look at that embarrassing start hosting Arkansas State and Idaho. Those teams are a combined 1-4 right now with the victory over Montana State.
Just how those games prepares USC for the rest of the year is debatable. One cupcake is OK but two? I’ve heard some fans suddenly pump up Boston College this week into a powerhouse. Well, they should be thrilled to see USC at 2-0 next year.
But how hard will it be to make the adjustment to Stanford and Arizona State right after that?
Nice job Pac-12 releasing the 2015 schedule on Tuesday night. USC does have a third straight midweek home game (Larry Scott was wrong!) and plays at Oregon on Nov. 21, the week before hosting UCLA.
Full schedule after the jump: