It’s pretty remarkable how USC pretty much perfectly resembled the team we discussed all spring and summer.
I said Caleb Williams was the nation’s No. 2 QB last year and he lived up to it today. He was pretty flawless and his physical strength when running is impressive. With Williams, USC’s offense can go as far as he takes it.
Now, for the defense. The secondary was as bad as I thought it would be and wrote about during the week. I don’t care about those gift tipped interceptions. If USC played a good team today, it would have been ugly. Don’t forget Rice had their backup QB for a large part of the game.
The defensive line was actually a little worse than expected. They weren’t physical and lacked toughness. It didn’t do a good job vs. the run.
I shudder to think if USC played a good team today.
But the offense will keep it in games. Let’s see USC play an elite team. That might not happen.