Certainly there is a limit to what can be gleaned from a controlled scrimmage, and this is especially the case for a team as limited as USC.
In Saturday's spring game, the Trojans were without 23 players, either due to injury or precautionary measures of the coaching staff.
The defense dominated an offense that operated conservatively. USC went without a touchdown, though head coach Steve Sarkisian seemed unconcerned.
"We’ll be a good red-zone offense," he said via USCTrojans.com. "Historically, wherever I’ve gone, we’ve been good in the red zone. Obviously this was a bit of a vanilla game plan."
The significance of the spring game is best examined through the impact some of the top performers can have in shaping the team's identity in the fall.