If only we could read the mind of JT Daniels while Kedon Slovis keeps leading the team. If Clay Helton doesn’t get fired, he is going to hate dealing with this. I doubt any new coach would have a similar dilemma. And a new coach would probably teach Slovis to avoid contact.
Graham Harrell was in heaven knowing he would not run the ball much (22 carries). Kenan Christon could have handled more carries but Harrell is a genius because Amon-Ra St. Brown got three carries.
It never surprises me when Michael Pittman has a big game. It doesn’t surprise Helton either although he barely played him for his first 18 games. Drake London was supposed to be good and he is living up to his hype.
This was an area of concern before the season and nothing’s changed after eight games. The fact Colorado frequently had three-men rushing does not give the line a pass for being average (or worse).
With Drake Jackson out, USC looked even worse on the edge. But more than that, the defensive tackles were getting pushed around and had trouble tackling Colorado’s tailbacks.
Did you know middle linebacker John Houston was the highest-graded linebacker in the Pac-12 the past 2 games? Still, the entire defense was subpar until Colorado QB Steven Montez got knocked out of the game.
Safety Isaiah Pola-Mao got pulled in the second half and the cornerbacks got a huge break when Steven Montez was clearly not the same after he got hurt.
Chase McGrath finally missed a field goal but he’s entitled. Has USC done anything on a punt or kick return since Velus Jones had a TD in Week 1 vs. Fresno State?
Oh, I almost forgot the guy running on the field so USC had 11 men on the first extra point.
You can claim going to five receivers or playing “press coverage” was a reason USC won. That’s called “coaching” at other schools and not considered something to blow a horn about.
If not for the fact Montez got hurt and Colorado couldn’t recover a fumble, USC likely loses to a team that couldn’t beat Arizona and got blown out by Washington State and Oregon.
USC looked like a team ripe to lose. As usual, individual performers rescued the Trojans because there is no cohesive reason to win as a group.
And when the does sideline sloppiness end? 10 men on the field. 12 men on the field. There are probably 20 staffers on the sideline but it’s never organized.