How much will the lack of spring practice hurt USC’s defense because it didn’t get to learn Todd Orlando’s new system?
It will obviously make things harder but it’s not as big of a problem as if the offense needed to learn a new system. Offenses always take longer to learn.
If you go to any college training camp, the defense is ahead of the offense the first week or two. Eventually, the offense catches up.
So I don’t think USC will be hurt too much without a spring. It also might cause Orlando to simplify things, which is always better. And in some ways, the schedule helps. Expectations for Alabama are low so that game is a free hit. The following week is New Mexico, which is like a bye.