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USC Football 2015 – Better, worse or about the sam...

USC OFFENSE This is the biggest question headed into the 2015 campaign. Last year, USC’s offense went in spurts. They were able to dominate and move with pace at the beginning and end of the season, but that same torrid pace we saw against Fresno wasn’t on display again until the Holiday Bowl. It’s partially understandable why this was the case, however. USC HC Steve Sarkisian knew that he had to be protective over the...

USC Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Sam...

USC Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE In order to answer this question, one would first have to decide which team they were asking about. The offense should certainly be better than the Lane Kiffin-coached and Ed Orgeron-coached squads, but it’s hard to know if they will be better than the Clay Helton-coached squad we saw in Las Vegas. Helton returns as OC and certainly inherits an up-tempo offense...

Fresno State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or abou...

Fresno State Football 2014 – Better, Worse or about the Same? OFFENSE Fresno State’s offense is unlikely to be better in 2014 than it was in 2013. Derek Carr, Marcel Jensen, Davante Adams, and Isaiah Burse have moved on to the NFL Draft. The Bulldogs’ biggest task will be replacing Carr, who is considered by many to be a first-round NFL Draft pick. Fortunately, the Bulldogs got a little help in this department when Duke QB...

The 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl Preview

In one of the more interesting non-BCS bowls of the season, Fresno State and Southern California will square off in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. The Trojans will be coached by an interim-interim head coach, Clay Helton. Helton is USC’s third coach of the 2013 season after Lane Kiffin was fired to start the year and interim coach Ed Orgeron turned in his resignation after being passed over for the permanent job. Helton...

USC Question Marks Heading into Fall

There’s no getting around the awful year USC had in 2012. After an impressive 2011 campaign, the Trojans took several steps back last year. The poor 2012 called for drastic changes and Kiffin has brought in a whole new staff, including a new defensive coordinator. The Trojans are loaded with talent, but this is nothing new. Many of these players will be first-year guys expected to make an immediate contribution. Most...

USC Football 2013 Spring Wrap Up

USC Football 2013 Spring Wrap Up Spring Summary Biggest takeaway: the secondary is awful right now and is going to give up a ton of points if nothing changes. Look, Marqise Lee is going to get his. We all know that Kiffin isn’t going to name a starter until the fall. To that end, I don’t feel like it’s worth anybody’s time to speculate on things that won’t be decided for another 3-4 months. That said, the secondary was a...

USC 2013 Spring Preview

USC suffered through a very difficult 7-6 season last year. They started out 2012 as the number 1 team in the country and Matt Barkley was the Heisman front-runner. The Trojans ended the season unranked and Barkley wasn’t even invited to New York City. I will take a look at what went wrong in 2012 and what to expect this year in my USC 2013 spring preview. 2012 in Review – Was USC a legit pre-season # 1? I feel...

USC’s 2013 recruiting class: quality over qu...

Depending on whom you ask, you’ll likely receive mixed reactions about the University of Southern California’s 2013 National Signing Day class. Yesterday’s narrative was filled with USC’s misses as several commits flipped in the 11th hour. The Trojans missed out on OLB Matthew Thomas,  DE Torrodney Prevot, DT Eddie Vanderdoes, DE Kylie Fitts, CB Jalen Ramsey, and WR Jason Hatcher.  Prevot, Ramsey, Thomas and Hatcher were...

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