After two video games, the No. 7 Trojans are 8-0 within the turnover battle, which is nice. It means Caleb Williams is beneath management of the offense, the talent gamers are valuing ball safety, and the protection is forcing takeaways. USC performed so nicely in opposition to Stanford on Saturday evening that Kirk Herbstreit was prepared to purchase each field of Lipophedrine that Lincoln Riley had in his storage.
However in soccer, like in pyramid schemes, the satan is within the particulars, and misplaced in USC’s 41-28 win over Stanford was the Cardinal’s capacity to maneuver the ball. The ultimate wasn’t as aggressive because it appeared — the rating was 41-14 in the beginning of the fourth — however David Shaw’s squad had 221 yards on the bottom, a good break up of the time of possession, and solely 60-some-odd yards much less in offensive manufacturing (505 to 441). Stanford had extra yards speeding in opposition to USC than that they had in Week 1 in opposition to Colgate and so they had been taking part in from behind.
I agree that USC’s offense is terrifying. Jordan Addison and Williams have already got chemistry. Addison, the Pitt switch, caught seven balls for 172 yards and two scores Saturday. There aren’t quite a lot of Pac-12 defenses, if any, that may cease and even reasonably disrupt the Trojans’ offense. That mentioned, we all know one of the best ways to cease an explosive crew from scoring is to maintain them off the sector, and a sound working sport, plus a turnover-free efficiency, could possibly be sufficient to drag off an upset.