It wasn’t easy getting rid of the Washington Huskies, but the USC Trojans showed a bit of national title form in disposing of their Pac-12 opponent.
Silas Redd and Co. raced to a 24-7 lead, and the Trojans never looked back. The Penn State transfer rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown, averaging six yards per carry. He would be the main cog in USC’s 204-yard day on the ground.
The Trojan offensive line’s performance in the trenches provided a sign that things are looking up for this unit. The youngest group among all of USC's 22 starters, they need to grow up fast for the Trojans to have a BCS chance.
They looked like they have. Against a Washington team that bottled up Stanford’s vaunted rushing attack, the Trojans played like a rushing juggernaut.
With their weakest link getting stronger, a BCS title berth is a viable end game for this team. Opportunities await in the upcoming weeks to shoot up the polls.
Southern Cal has a Pac-12 mega showdown with Oregon, who will be a mainstay top-three team until then. They get to play the Ducks at home in the Coliseum, which should keep the Trojans in their comfort zone for such a high-profile matchup.
In their season finale, their rivalry with Notre Dame hits a new level. The Fighting Irish haven’t been this good since Brady Quinn left, are currently in the top five and have a daunting enough schedule to take the No. 1 spot in upcoming weeks.
A win over their archenemy from South Bend at the end of the year will be just what the Trojans need for a late surge. Not to mention a Pac-12 championship win.
Running the table won’t be easy, but the USC Trojans could sneak under the radar and climb back to the top of the BCS rankings.
With their offensive line playing ahead of their years, Matt Barkley, Robert Woods and others just need to perform like they are expected to.