If you give Caleb Williams more than 2 seconds to throw the ball, forget it. Williams was pretty good vs. Fresno State, which meant he wasn’t quite to the standard of the first two games. But it’s more than good enough.
Travis Dye and Austin Jones both rushed for more than 100 yards and averaged nine yards per carry. What else could you want?
Jordan Addison has an understated style but continually gets open and makes plays. I’m less impressed with the rest of the receivers as a whole but it’s probably not a big deal when you have Williams throwing to you.
You can argue they pushed around the Fresno State defensive line (good) and that they didn’t always protect Williams (three sacks). They probably should push around a Mountain West Conference opponent.
Solomon Byrd has seized the defensive end spot that the media seemed primed to award Korey Foreman. Performance matters. Tuli Tuipolutu is playing like someone destined to turn pro after the season. Still too many long runs allowed for a top 10 team.
It’s getting boring to say Eric Gentry led the defense in tackles. Shane Lee is right behind him. But they might need to shore up the front more to prevent teams from running so easily on the defense.
The truth is that Jake Haener didn’t really test the secondary. He had a couple nice throws that were dropped but otherwise was pretty ordinary. But no one stood out either. The jury is still out and will continue to be out until USC faces a much-better passing game.
Nothing special and nothing really wrong either, which is probably a good day for Lincoln Riley.
I have to admit I like listening to Alex Grinch explain things even if the defense doesn’t always do what he wants and has busted assignments. Lincoln Riley is humming through this non-schedule.
The Towel Wavers
There were at least three towel wavers on the sideline Saturday night and it seems to be an assigned duty.