What is an Alex Grinch defense like? The new USC defensive coordinator was asked this Monday night by former USC defensive tackle Shaun Cody.
“The calling card has been effort and speed,” Grinch said.
“If an individual gives us their max effort and then plays at max speed, they’re going to have success from an individual standpoint and obviously the behaviors, the sum total becomes a successful defense.
“When we’ve gotten it right, we’ve been just that. When we’ve gotten it wrong, we’ve had some tough Saturdays.”
An easy question is whether Pac-12 offenses will create more or less tough Saturdays than Big 12 offenses?
Here’s some stats: The Pac-12 was 0-3 vs. the Big 12 last season (Oklahoma beat Oregon; TCU defeated Cal and Kansas State beat Stanford).
The Pac-12 is 1-8 vs. the Big 12 since 2018. And 2-13 in the past 15 games.
Is it any wonder Lincoln Riley wanted to coach here?
Note: USC’s had little interaction with the Big 12, splitting games with Texas in 2017-18. Those were the Trojans’ first games with the Big 12 since a home-and-home series with Nebraska in 2006-07 (USC won both games).