It's Going to Be a Long Season for USC
I don't know if anyone looked shittier in a 30-13 opening night victory than USC did over at Aloha Stadium Thursday night.
Actually let me qualify that. The USC offense looked awful. They managed to gain only 364 yards with only 172 yards through the air as they continued to audition Cody Kessler and Max Wittek. Neither made a case for the job, Kessler going 10-of-19 for 95 yards with a touchdown and interception while Wittek went 5-of-10 for 77 yards.
Marquise Lee grabbed eight catches for 104 yards while Nelson Agholor had two catches for 35 yards including the lone touchdown catch.
Not helping the cause was that offensive line which is looking really porous allowing nine tackles for a loss and three sacks. If the offensive line keeps this up, it won't matter if Wittek or Kessler get the job. The post Matt Barkley era is looking... Well you can fit your own words in there.
The new-look defense headed by new coordinator Clancy Pendergast look impressive. Their four interceptions led to 20 points for the Trojans including a 35-yard pick-six by Josh Shaw that gave the Trojans the 17-5 lead late in the third quarter.
USC held the Rainbow Warriors to only 231 yards of offense including only 23 yards on the ground in 31 attempts including seven sacks for 36 yards. So while the defense looked great, a little bit of caution needs to be shown since this is not a great Hawaii team.
I can already hear the #FireLane hashtags and chants. But, again, some perspective is needed. USC still has to endure this final year of scholarship sanctions, and their lack of depth is showing: only 58 players dressed for the game against Hawaii. So you fire Lane. Then what?
It will be another five years before USC has the full complement of players available to them. So you get rid of Lane for another coach that has to figure out how to navigate through a decreased roster.
It's going to be a long season for USC.
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