A couple thoughts this morning:
Why does it matter if USC gained only five yards rushing if it carved up Washington State’s defense at will through the air?
Because there are times in football games when it is really important to get four yards. Or three yards. Or two yards. Or one yard.
This USC team has not demonstrated it can do that, which could cost it a game. Just not in 2020.
USC plays such an awful schedule, it probably can trick its way through the season and will never play a good team that will require it to gain a yard-or-two in crunch time.
Most famously, that inability to gain a yard cost USC a national title vs. Texas.
But in this cushy Pac-12 world, you can probably get away with it. No Alabama. No Notre Dame. No problem.
- Drake Jackson had only one tackle against Washington State. To be fair, he didn’t play nearly as much as he would in a close game. And he probably couldn’t make as many plays against a run-and-shoot offense.
But I think it’s fair to note he is making less plays this season (11 tackles in four games). And maybe that move to “linebacker” is not putting him in position to make as many plays.
Someone is going to mention his interception against Utah. But is 3 tackles a game really getting the most out of your supposed best pro prospect? I just think he looked more dominating last season.