The USC coaches are happy about one aspect of the schedule: The first two games are against pro-style offenses.
Rice coach Mike Bloomgren spent seven seasons at Stanford and now the Cardinal will play the Trojans.
Defensive coordinators much prefer facing a pro-style offense than the spread. And Alex “Scotty” Grinch is no exception. He took heat last season at Oklahoma dealing with all those crazy spread offenses.
“Going through the films is a lot less stressful the first two games (than later in the season),” a USC coach said.
I refer to Grinch as Scotty because he’s down in the Star Trek engine room dealing with all the problems while Capt. Kirk (Lincoln Riley) planet hops and flirts with the aliens.
- Stanford safety Pat Fields was a three-year starter at Oklahoma and MVP of last year’s Alamo Bowl.
“One of the all-time favorites,” Grinch said. “He is elite at all things on the field, off the field. I couldn’t say enough positive. He’s an elite player, an elite communicator.
“I’m going to start crying thinking about Pat. Anyways, I wish he was here.”
- Stanford cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly is the son of the former USC cornerback Brian Kelly. He is a preseason All-American.