After two straight wins at home, the USC Trojans now go back on the road for a meeting with the Arizona Wildcats. USC found themselves back in the Pac-12 South race after a disappointing 1-3 start. While they still need a few things to swing their way and patch up a few things on the field, USC’s chances at winning the Pac-12 South look pretty good all thanks to their improved play on offense. The past three games the USC offense has came to life and looked a lot more effective.
USC appears to be improving game by game. The offense has improved since Sam Darnold has taken over as the starting quarterback. The red shirt freshman has helped add another dimension to the Trojans offense which makes it hard to beat. Teams now have watch for Darnold to run as well as keep an eye on the receivers and tight ends to make sure they don’t get open. In the past two games Sam Darnold has thrown for over 300 yards, Tight ends have been a key point in the passing game, and JuJu Smith Schuster started to see the ball come his way. We also can’t forget about Darius Rodgers and Steven Mitchell playing a key role in the passing game as well. On the ground the Trojans running game has really taken a life of its own. Justin Davis has once again stepped up and delivered running the ball. The last three games Davis has rushed over or close to 100 yards rushing. The run game has opened up a lot for the USC offense and has given USC another weapon to use.
The one issue that continues to haunt USC is the turnovers. The Trojans have had good field position in games against Utah and Colorado only to turn the ball over and leave valuable points on the field. They’ve also had a few penalties, however it seems as if USC are making progress in cleaning that up. If they can hold on to the ball then USC can easily be a top 4 offense in the Pac-12. They’ve shown that the can be consistent and that they can move the ball and score. If they can keep things up then USC could play themselves into the Pac-12 title game, if things can align right for USC.