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USC Wins but Turnovers are Holding Trojans Back

Trojans win a close game despite 4 turnovers.

NCAA Football: Colorado at Southern California Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The USC Trojans won a close game at home against the 21st ranked Colorado Buffaloes 21-17.

USC’s offense has been great ever since Sam Darnold took over as the starting quarterback. The offense has great pace, they run the ball well, they pass the ball well, and they’ve looked like a well oiled-machine. JuJu Smith-Schuster has been revitalized, Justin Davis has continued to impress on the ground, and the offensive line has been playing really well.

With that being said, it is imperative for this offense to take care of the football. The Trojans have the talent and potential to be one of the best teams in the country but this will not happen if they continue to turn the ball over. USC turned the ball over 4 times throughout the course of the game against Colorado. Darnold fumbled the ball in the end-zone early in the game, which shifted the momentum to the Buffs early on. At one point in the game, the offense turned the ball over 3 consecutive drives. It can be argued that the Trojans would have beat the Utah Utes if they hadn’t turn the ball over 3 times in that game. USC is fortunate that the defense played an awesome game and kept giving the ball back to the offense so they could correct themselves.

If the Trojans can focus and sharpen up their ball security, they can make a serious run toward the PAC-12 Championship. It’ll be very tough to beat the rest of their schedule if they continue to turn the ball over.