Sorry guys, the last two weeks I had some personal issues that kind of kept me from the computer and from doing this daily blog. Don't worry, I'm bringing it back.
USC is coming into the season losing 7 starters on offense, and 4 starters on defense. We all know the defense will be great, but the question asked by all is will the offense just Reload like it always does. And in my opinion, I think that this is the year for USC that they will be forced to rebuild just like every other Pac 10 school.
The QB situation looked solid with Mark Sanchez, but now that he has a dislocated knee cap, I'm questioning if he can play. Last season he looked horrible when asked to replace Booty for a few games, his Touchdown to Interception ratio was almost dead even. And that alone makes me question if he can step up and be the guy, but when coupled with a dislocated knee cap it's a definite no can do in my opinion.
His Receiving core isn't gonna give him too much help either, Last season there leading Receiver was a TE, that's sad when you consider how USC kinda has avoided using the TE that much in the past, but when the rest of the receiving core is that sad, he'll end up getting about 300 yards more than the leading WR. And that alone shows that even USC knows that there Receiving core is sorry. What are they gonna do this year now that Fred Davis is gone? Because they have a TE that has never gotten playing time, and two WR's not used to getting the ball thrown to them, and a new QB who won't throw many balls great. So do really want the one's he does throw great to be dropped?
My biggest question without a doubt on this USC Team has to be the O-line. They are losing 4 out 5 starters from last year, and all 4 went into the NFL draft. Now with the loss of there best O-line perhaps in school history they are looking at a huge rebuilding season on the O-line. From the projected starting line-up of the O-line I'm looking at right now, USC will have 3 sophomore on the line being forced to start this year, none have ever seen playing time before, and two Juniors, one played most pf last season, and the other one is like the freshmen, he's never gotten playing time. So how confident do you feel in this USC line? 4 of 5 of them have never received important playing time. And if you want to get technical and include the TE, aside from a few Goal-line sets, this guy has never gotten playing time either.
Most USC fans will expect USC to suffice for there struggles in other areas with a strong running game, but you have to ask yourself, how well will they be able to run the ball with a struggling O-line?
If this O-line does well, the running game will flourish, and the passing game will be better because Sanchez will have more time to throw. It all depends on this O-line, if they do good this team will be a national contender, if they don't this team will be the first USC team in 6 years not to win the Pac 10.
Let's take a look at there schedule shall we.
8/30@ Virginia W9/13Ohio State *9/25@ Oregon State *10/04Oregon *10/11Arizona State *10/18@ Washington State W10/25@ Arizona W11/01Washington W11/08California W11/15@ Stanford W11/29Notre Dame W12/06@ UCLA W
Now here is the main reason I think a team besides USC could win the Pac 10 this season, look at the beginning of USC's schedule, it starts off with all the difficult games, which mean this USC O-line won't have enough time to get any experience under it's belt, Sanchez's Kneecap will still be injured, and he won't have very much experience, and in past years, USC has never been forced to play all of there difficult games Early when they are breaking in a new wave of players.