Today we take a look at the USC offense. The Trojans run a pro style offense coordinated by interim head coach Clay Helton. They average 38.3 points per game, having run for 11 touchdowns and passed for 18 touchdowns this season. They rank fourth in the Pac-12 in total offense, averaging 510.7 yards per game of total offense, and are explosive, ranking first in the conference by almost an entire yard, with 7.49 yards per play.
At quarterback for USC is senior leader Cody Kessler. The 6-1 215
The Trojans have three running backs that share the majority of carries. Senior Tre Madden, junior Justin Davis and freshman Ronald Jones II are the three main backs for USC.
Davis is the lightening to Tre Madden’s thunder. Davis is 6-1 195 lbs.
Arguably the most impressive back for the Trojans this year has been freshman Ronald Jones II from
The Trojans have maybe the most talented receiving corps of any team in college football.
The Utes might catch a break this week, as the Trojans third, fourth and fifth leading receivers are all questionable for Saturday’s game. Steven Mitchell Jr.
USC runs a very balanced offense, passing and running the ball about evenly, with 211 pass attempts against 198 rush attempts this season. USC likes to establish the run and use
In the running game, the Utah front seven can expect to see a rotation of backs of varying running styles all afternoon. It shouldn’t matter too much who’s carrying the ball, however, as Utah has shown it is stout against the run, ranking first in the Pac-12 in rushing yards allowed per game and having allowed only two rushing touchdowns all season. USC has also had problems holding the line of scrimmage this season and has been out rushed by the opposition in four of their six games.
The matchup between USC’s mega talented receivers and Utah’s secondary will be the key in this game. Kessler has thrown for over 200 yards in five of their six games, and thrown for over three hundred yards three times this season. The only game Kessler failed to break the 200 yard mark or throw a touchdown in, was unsurprisingly their 17-12 defeat at the hands of the Washington Huskies. If Kessler and Smith-Schuster get in a rhythm and Jackson is able to make a game breaking play or two, USC will be tough to beat in the Coliseum. If the Utah secondary can disrupt the passing game for Kessler and snag a couple interceptions, Utah should be able to leave L.A.