USC Football: Does Trojans' Offense Finally Have It All Figured Out?

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVOctober 13, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 13:  Quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans rushes against the Washington Huskies on October 13, 2012 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. The Trojans defeated the Huskies 24-14.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The 2012 season may not have started the way Lane Kiffin wanted it to, but could USC's potent offense finally be reaching its potential at the perfect time?

Coming off a 24-14 victory over the Washington Huskies Saturday, the Trojans undoubtedly still have some holes left to fill in their offense. 

It may not be the way that they expected to run their offense, but the Trojans showed much strength in their rushing attack against Washington.

Penn State transfer Silas Redd blew up in the first half and wasn't featured after getting dinged up just before halftime. 

Despite missing time in the game, Redd finished with 26 carries for 155 yards and a score. 

Redd has been the catalyst for this Trojan offense this season, and Matt Barkley should be glad that Kiffin was able to pull in the most highly touted Nittany Lions transfer this offseason. If it weren't for Redd, this team might have more than one blemish on their record.

The area of offense that the Trojans should be most concerned about is their passing attack. Barkley went into the season as the clear-cut Heisman favorite, but he's fallen completely off the radar after a couple of poor performances and the loss to Stanford. 

He added another poor performance Saturday after completing only 10 passes against the Huskies. He only reached four different receivers on the whole night. 

Barkley finished 10-of-20 passing for 167 yards and one touchdown go-to along with a pick.

I don't care how good Marqise Lee and Robert Woods are.

If Barkley cannot involve his running backs and tight ends in this offense, then it's not going anywhere.

New defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has the Huskies playing inspired defense, but that's no excuse for USC. This is a team that was supposed to scorch the record books offensively, and the fire just hasn't been there this season.

Scoring 24 points in a game isn't enough to win in the Pac-12 and the Trojans should know that.

It's not very often that 24 points wins a game in this conference.

The Trojans offense still has some problems to work out, but it's safe to say that Barkley and his teammates have talent on their side and can get it worked out in time to save their national title run.


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