There used to be a time when USC it prided itself on how it physically manhandled an opponent. It didn’t just win the game, it punished the other team.
But USC emerged from the Utah game with an injury list better suited to a JV team that just played the varsity.
Look at just some of the injuries suffered in the game:
Quarterback: Matt Fink (ribs), JT Daniels (concussion).
Running back: Aca’Cedric Ware (shoulder).
Defensive line: Malik Dorton (ankle), Christian Rector (shoulder).
Linebacker: John Houston (hand, ribs), Jordan Iosefa (shoulder).
Defensive back: Talanoa Hufanga (shoulder), Marvell Tell (wrist).
USC already had its pre-Utah injuries like linebacker Cameron Smith (hamstring), cornerback Olaijah Griffin (shoulder), cornerback Jonathan Lockett (hip), offensive lineman Clayton Bradley (back) and defensive lineman Brandon Pili (shoulder).
Does the strength and conditioning program merit review? Nah.