USC tailback Justin Davis talks about the running game and whether he is full speed heading into the Washington game.
The betting publication, the Gold Sheet, picks USC to defeat Washington, 31-20.
Excerpt: “Trust Cody Kessler (15 TDs, only 1 int.) and the USC offense, but not so sure yet about the Trojan defense.”
Does it matter that USC is ranked 8th in rushing offense in the Pac-12 while it averages 46.8 points per game? Here’s my story on the search for a consistent running game a quarter into the season.
Excerpt: “USC’s running game currently provides just 33 percent of the offense . . . Can anyone imagine USC going into a game against someone like Ohio State without a proper running game? Not when USC has the worst time of possession in the Pac-12 at less than 25 minutes per game.” Full story here
And with the focus on the running game, here’s Aca’Cedric Ware on coping with a lack of playing time and waiting to make an impact.
I mentioned yesterday Cody Kessler is currently eighth in Bovada’s Heisman Trophy odds at 25/1. On the surface, it seems low when he has the No. 2 QB rating (201.2) in the nation. So here’s three reasons: 1. ) USC lost a game. 2.) Some of Kessler’s biggest pass plays were shorter passes turned into big plays by JuJu Smith-Schuster/Adoree Jackson. 3.) USC might be viewed as a system offense, much like Texas Tech, which used to plug in quarterbacks who produced gaudy numbers.
The Trojans lost their fourth game in triple-overtime to Cal, 34-31, with Herschel Dennis as the starting tailback. In that game, Dennis had 16 carries. Reggie Bush and LenDale White combined for six carries.
Apparently Pat Haden’s letter got to UCLA just in time, because UCLA linebacker Myles Jack withdrew from school and will enter the NFL Draft. It’s not a bad decision. But for the traditionalists, it is probably jarring to have someone do all this the first week of October instead of December or January. Will he show up on sidelines at any more games this season?
USC middle linebacker Cameron Smith and Washington quarterback Jake Browning were league rivals in high school. And now they meet again as true freshman.
“Jake Browning is awesome,” Smith said. “It’s my first game against somebody back home. I will definitely see him after the game and wish him luck and congrats on what he’s doing.”