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USC vs Washington 2016: Keys to the Game

USC (6-3) is on the road this week to take on Washington (9-0) in a important conference game.

NCAA Football: California at Southern California Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Force Turnovers

The most important key to this game for the Trojans will be the defense forcing turnovers. The Huskies’ offense has been potent all year, consistently finding the end-zone as they average an outstanding 48 points per game, only behind Lamar Jackson’s Louisville offense who are averaging 50 points per game. USC will have to capitalize on every mistake that Washington makes, such as poor passes, blown assignments, and sacks on the quarterback which could lead to turnovers. This game will be about extra offensive possessions, consequently, expect the Trojans’ defense to take calculated risks to take the ball from that Huskies’ offense.

Points on Every Drive

There’s no secret that the Trojans’ will have to put up a good amount of points to stay on pace with the 4th ranked team in the FBS. Every drive will be pivotal to the outcome of this game for USC. Wasting drives could shift the momentum in Washington’s favor and based off of what they have shown all season, they don’t need much momentum to get hot. The Trojans can’t afford to miss any field goal attempts or any touchdown attempts deep in the redzone. Capitalizing on every scoring opportunity will be key and this offense is more than capable of doing so.

Ride the Wave

The Trojans have been great over the past 5 weeks after a rough start to the season. Their confidence has shown to be very high and with momentum on their side, they have the ability to compete with anyone in the country. The addition of Sam Darnold to the Trojans’ offense has sparked this team and gave them new life. If they can continue to ride their wave against Washington (who has a wave of their own), an upset can definitely be on the horizon. The USC offense has breached the 40 point mark in 4 of their past 5 games, which should give Southern Cal fans confidence that their team can outlast the explosive Washington Huskies.

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