Not a Bard Start
There's no reason to be concerned over USC's less than impressive 24-13 win over Viriginia Tech on Saturday. It was simply the first game of the season, and college football has no exhibitions. In the first half, USC looked like it needed one. But in the second half, the Trojans figured out how to defend the option and held the Hokies to merely a field goal. The Trojan offensive unit improved steadily throughout the game, although the offensive line still needs some work.
Clearly the Trojans need better play out of their receivers, because they can't rely on a tailback in Reggie Bush as a flanker. Instead, LAist hopes that Steve Smith will learn to catch the ball, and we believe the rest of the young receiving corps will step up soon.
Pessimists might point to the questionable 3rd quarter offensive pass interference call against Va. Tech as a sign that USC was lucky, but if the Hokies are going be demoralized by a 3rd quarter call, then they didn't deserve to win. They did absolutely nothing else against the USC defense in the second half.
Viriginia Tech is still much better than an unranked team, and they will be in a good bowl game come winter. For USC to go into enemy territory of sorts, and show some mettle in beating a good team, is a good sign for the Trojans this season.