Here’s a stat that hasn’t been discussed much in the afterglow of the media fawning over USC’s victory over Stanford.
The Trojans rank 106th in rushing defense, allowing 183.5 yards per game. It’s worse if you go by fancier stats like rushing success rate (119th) or rushing marginal explosiveness (121st).
I’m not a stat geek but I know if a Clay Helton defense did this we would all be talking about.
I’m not worried about it when USC plays Fresno State but maybe when USC plays Utah or say a real team if the Trojans reach the College Football Playoff.
Also, I know Lincoln Riley and Alex “Scotty” Grinch are discussing it this week so it’s an area to keep an eye on for improvement.