The post-mortem on the Pac-12 championship game continues.
I spoke to an SEC coach on Sunday who watched Friday night’s game and felt it was a familiar story.
“USC reminded me exactly of the Oklahoma teams that Lincoln Riley took to the College Football Playoff,” he said. “They seem built for regular-season success but can’t really compete with the Big Boys in the end.”
The coach said also pinpointed a favorite target: The defense.
“I don’t know how they can really do anything when they are always playing a zone defense,” he said. “And it’s a soft zone defense. You aren’t going to win a title playing zone defense. Some of these guys look undersized too.”
But the defense wasn’t the only sticking point.
“If you look at the great USC teams, historically, they were built at the line of scrimmage, especially on the offensive line,” he said. “Utah beat them up in the second half. They were way more physical. That’s can’t happen if you are a USC team with title aspirations.”