After two games, Trojan No. 7 is leading 8-0 in the revenue battle, which is great. That means Caleb Williams is controlling the foul, the skill players are assessing the safety of the ball and the defense is being forced to take corrective action. USC played so well against Stanford on Saturday night that Kirk Herbstreit was willing to buy every box of Lipophedrine Lincoln Riley had in his garage.
But in football, like in a pyramid scheme, the devil is in the details, and the failure of USC’s 41-28 win over Stanford was Cardinal’s ability to move the ball. The final wasn’t as competitive as it looked – the score was 41-14 at the start of the fourth inning – but David Shaw’s formation had 221 yards on the ground, even a fraction of possession time, and only 60-some- less odd dumps in attack production (505 to 441). Stanford has more pitches in front of USC than they had in Week 1 against Colgate and they play from behind.
I agree that USC’s offense is scary. Jordan Addison and Williams already have chemistry. Addison, the Pitt transferee, caught seven balls for 172 yards and two points on Saturday. Not much The Pac-12’s defenses, if any, could block or even moderate the Trojan’s attack. That said, we know the best way to prevent an explosive team from scoring is to keep them off the field, and a running game with sound, plus a no-revenue performance, can be enough to reduce reduce discomfort.