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“Mid-Season” Review


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“Mid-Season” Review

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The USC Trojans have had their trials and tribulations in their first season under their new Athletic Director and new quarterback and it shows in their 6-3 record. Their offense has historically had a strong rushing attack  whether it was Gale Grey in season one, the two headed monster of D.K. Boudreaux and Myles Gaskin in season two, or D.K. Boudreaux taking over in season three. With the prompt retirement of Boudreaux following season three, USC was forced to start a freshman in the backfield in Quin’Darius Furdge. This combined with a new starter in Nnamdi Okolocha caused some growing pains.

 

Everything started off well for the Trojans as they averaged 38 points per game through their first three games, all of them wins. This included a 44-26 drubbing of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in week one. Around week four is when the wheels started to fall off. They dropped a game to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 26-20. The offense sputtered and turned the ball over twice (two interceptions from Okolocha). They followed that up with a 24-9 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide who were at the time and still remain winless. Then came the two loss skid. A 20-7 loss to the Miami Hurricanes followed by a 20-17 loss to the Texas Longhorns. In these games, the once potent aerial attack of USC fell flat combining for two touchdowns and five interceptions. The Trojans were able to rebound as a team, though, and defeated a rising Michigan Wolverines team 24-9 in a game that saw the Trojan passing game put up zero points but three interceptions. Quin’Darius Furdge was the savior of that game putting up three touchdowns on 111 yards. Then, the most recent matchup was a rematch against the team to hand USC their first loss of the year, the Buckeyes. The team came out much more focused and deliberate on their way to a 27-7 win in a game that saw USC have the ball for over 40 minutes of the game to OSU’s 20. A game where USC posted 420 total yards while only allowing 158 on defense. A definite statement game.

 

Quin’Darius Furdge has had three consecutive games of over 100 yards and has accounted for ten of the Trojans’ 30 offensive touchdowns. He has definitely been a surprise as of late, really coming into his own these last three games. If he continues improving week in and week out, this team will be very difficult to stop as opposing defenses will no longer be able to key in on the pass if they have to worry about Furdge on the ground. Marshall Woodhouse and Benjen Hands combine to make up the best receiving pair in the nation right now combining for 1,841 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year. The second best pair would have to be Carmichael Kersey and Chris Parker who account for 1,627 yards and ten touchdowns on the year.

 

Aside from Furdge, the comeback story of this USC Trojans team has been the defense. Just a few weeks ago, the Trojan defense was last in both rushing and passing yards against. As of week nine, this defense is now second in their conference and fifth in the country in rushing yards against and second in both their conference and the nation against the pass. Richard D’Attoria and King Death have been leaders both on and off the field for this defense with 62 and 61 tackles respectively. Death has also tacked on two forced fumbles and a safety this year. In the secondary, Theo Silva has been about as shut down as you can ask with four interceptions and nine passes defended on the year.

 

The USC Trojans are currently on the outside looking in with their 6-3 record. The Fighting Irish and the Longhorns are currently sitting at 7-2. The Trojans, however, have a game against Notre Dame in a couple weeks and it appears this game will be a must win for them. Their remaining schedule has them on the road against a tough Miami Hurricanes and Notre Dame team followed by the Crimson Tide and Oregon Ducks (a combined 1-15) at home. Then they travel to the Big House to take on Michigan in what could end up being a playoff deciding game for both teams.

 

@Jogn @GoodLeftUndone @Juked @DeathOnReddit @124715

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