So the Air Raid, which was going to revolutionize USC’s offense, relies on the deep pass for success? At least the USC version does.
If you want to beat USC, take away the deep ball. BYU and Washington did.
Washington went with a man-to-man defense on one play and Matt Fink connected with Michael Pittman on a 44-yard TD.
USC’s receivers are easily the best thing going for the team. But there are two things noticeable after five games:
1.) The receivers are not great “yards after catch” players.
2.) Amon-Ra St. Brown has caught 11 passes in the past 3 games. Other than a 31-yard TD vs. Utah (which played man-to-man defense) he’s become a peripheral possession receiver. I doubt he’s a happy camper right now.