The USC Trojans head into this Week 1 contest against Hawaii as the Associated Press No. 1 ranked team, and they will show they're deserving of that honor after dominating the Warriors.
With Norm Chow taking over as head coach, the former USC and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator has thrown out the previous run and shoot style. Chow decided to go with a professional outlook on offense with Junior transfer Sean Schroeder leading the way at quarterback.
Hawaii's latest starting quarterback and the new offense will get their best test of the season against the Trojans, but that doesn't mean they will succeed.
USC should be able to shut down the transfer quarterback who never took the field while with Duke of all programs.
Nothing against the Blue Devils football team, but if you're not good enough to take the field for Duke's offense, then chances are you're going to struggle against a defense as intimidating as the Trojans.
The first defense Schroeder ever faces in his college career features the likes of linebackers Dion Bailey and Haynes Pullard, who combined for 162 tackles, two interceptions and four sacks for USC in 2011.
The Trojans finished last season as the 25th best defense in the nation.
USC head coach Lane Kiffin shouldn't be too worried about Hawaii's offense giving his team fits—especially considering the firepower he has on his unit.
Heisman Trophy hopeful and possible top-10 NFL draft pick Matt Barkley will get the chance to dissect a Warriors defense that gave up an average of 29 points per game in 2011, along with 377 on the season.
Hawaii just doesn't have the personnel to stop the likes of Barkley through the air and Penn State transfer Silas Redd on the ground. Redd rushed for over 1,200 yards last year with the Nittany Lions en route to seven rushing touchdowns.
Those number should only go up now that Redd finds himself a part of one of the nation's best offenses, and he can start piling up that stat sheet Week 1 against Hawaii.
Chow has proven himself as a fine college offensive coordinator, highlighted most by his time with USC from 2001-2004, but his head coaching career isn't going to start with a victory over his old team. The latest edition of the Trojans simply have too much talent for Chow's Warriors to upset.
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