The USC Trojans kicked off their new season with a thrilling triumph over the San Jose State Spartans this past weekend. The game showcased an impressive performance by their offense, led by the reigning Heisman Trophy holder, Caleb Williams.
Caleb Williams once again proved his mettle, solidifying his status as the standout player in college football. While the Trojans’ offense displayed its prowess and potential, the defensive side of the team remains the key factor to watch.
During the Saturday showdown, glimpses of defensive improvement were evident, yet it’s the consistent defensive showings that will truly count for the Trojans.
Week zero of the fresh season prompted Paul Myerberg of USA Today to analyze the outcomes, identifying winners and losers. Among the winners, the Trojans found their place, even though uncertainties hover around their defensive strategies. With some time in hand, the Trojans have the opportunity to fine-tune their tactics and let their defensive lineup build cohesiveness. Each approaching week presents a new chance for them to prove themselves.
Before clashing with the Fighting Irish, the Trojans will host the Arizona Wildcats at the LA Coliseum. The Wildcats boast an explosive offensive game that will surely test the Trojans’ defensive mettle.
“One, that seeing Kliff Kingsbury walking the sidelines as one of Lincoln Riley’s analysts really helps hammer things home: yeah, this offense is going to be nasty. Two, that the defense had some moments in the second half, including several three-and-outs, but still needs to bottle things up. The schedule looks easy until facing the Irish on Oct. 14, so USC has time.”
This season, the fate of USC hinges on their defensive performance. The challenge lies in evolving into a “bend but don’t break” defensive unit.
For USC to attain their ultimate ambition of clinching a National Championship title, their defense must come through with significant game-changing stops.
While the initial 2023 results offer promise, it’s prudent to withhold judgment until the defense faces a stronger adversary. Only then can a more comprehensive assessment of their defensive capabilities be made.