I am joined by Saman Djabbari of the USC Podcast “Traveler Hates Thursdays.” You might remember that we did a pod with them earlier this year.
Follow Saman Djabbari here. Below you will find some of the talking points we went over.
We open up talking about the different dynamic that Sam Darnold provides the USC offense that Max Browne didn’t. Sam Darnold is also is willing to take risks, unlike last year’s starter Cody Kessler who was willing to check down in hail mary situations.
Running backs Ronald Jone II and Justin Davis lead up the Trojan ground game could be the most dangerous of the offense. This USC squad really emphasizes winning the line of scrimmage. In USC’s big wins they ran the ball very well and slowed the opposing rushing attack. They ran over Arizona and Cal and held Arizona State to 2.3 yards per carry.
The good news for Duck fans is that the Trojan pass rush does not create a lot of sacks. The bad news is that the Trojan secondary is big, physical, and fast. Adoree Jackson is the biggest name on defense but the other defensive backs can also make huge plays that could break the game open.
At the end of the podcast we talk about the long-term position of the USC program and we find a lot of parallels with where the Oregon program is.