USC Trojans: Keys To The Season, Top Game, Top Transfer, Fun Stats
USC Trojans: Key To The 2022 Offense
Get the downfield passing game going.
Welcome to Jordan Addison and why the former Pitt star has to rock and roll right away.
Sort of lost in all the fun of the great Oklahoma offense last year was that 1) it wasn’t terribly consistent, 2) it seemed to fall asleep for stretches, 3) it wasn’t all that great on third downs which all tied into 4) a passing game that was hit-or-miss at connecting on the big plays down the field when it wasn’t going to Marvin Mims.
USC wasn’t bad on third downs, but it had many of the same problems, especially with the deep shots – Drake London getting hurt had something to do with that.
Williams was able to do far more down the field than Spencer Rattler did, and all will be fine if and when Williams and Addison have an instant big play chemistry.
USC Trojans: Key To The 2022 Defense
Get the pass rush going right out of the gate.
Even with a slew of excellent next-level talents the plays in the backfield were lacking. Drake Jackson was fine, but he didn’t dominate for a defense that averaged just 1.75 sacks per game – by a mile the fewest in over ten years.
It has to be far more consistent – 16 of the 21 sacks came in four games – and several parts have to emerge on the outside to help out Tuli Tuipulotu – who led the team with 5.5 sacks – in the interior.
USC Trojans: Key Player To The 2022 Season
PK Alex Stadthaus, Sr.
Parker Lewis didn’t have the deepest of legs, but he had 50-yard range and nailed 5-of-9 field goals from beyond 40 yards. He was all-star worthy, but he’s gone off to the transfer portal.
Enter Stadthaus, a solid veteran who hit all six of his field goal attempts, but his longest was from 40 and four of them were inside 30 yards.
The placekicking didn’t matter all that much last year in deciding outcomes, but considering just about everything else is in place thanks to the transfer portal, the difference between this being a great season and a College Football Playoff-worthy run might come down to Stadthaus being steady from 40ish.
Of course, the true key player to the season is …
USC Trojans: Key Transfer
QB Caleb Williams, Soph.
Go ahead and name any one of the gajillion star transfers coming in and you might have the right guy. However, if Williams isn’t amazing, this thing won’t get off the ground.
There was a late season stretch for Oklahoma when the passing game stalled a bit, but from the second half of the Texas game on, Williams was one of the nation’s best all-around quarterbacks.
Yeah, yeah, he struggled in the win over Iowa State and in the loss to Baylor, but he was also a true freshman – there was bound to be a bit of a lull. Now that he has had a full offseason as the main man, look out.
USC Key Game To The 2022 Season
at Utah, Oct. 15
At UCLA, Notre Dame. Those are two of the three games that USC might not be favored in depending on just how good the opponents are. The trip to Utah could be the other one.
The Utes finally broke a the hex and beat USC in the greater LA area with a resounding 42-26 win. However, the previous two seasons the Trojans were able to pull off the win.
This time around – in a division-less Pac-12 and with no Oregon on the slate – beat Utah in Salt Lake City, and a conference title appearance should be right there for the taking.
USC Trojans: 2021 Fun Stats
– Field Goals: USC 23-of-28 – Opponents 6-of-11
– Onside Kicks: USC 0-for-8 – Opponents 0-for-1
– USC 1st Quarter Scoring: 57 – USC 2nd Quarter Scoring: 105