2001-2010 USC Main Offense Trends

Here is how the USC offense stacked up in 2010 compared to past Trojans teams since 2001. As shown here the USC offense in 2010 was off to a great start averaging 470 yards and 35 points per game through the first two thirds of the season. Then the wheels fell off the final part [...]

2001-2010 USC Main Defense Trends

Here is a look at how the 2010 USC defense compared to previous squads. There was very little good about the 2010 defense. The squad closed on a betterĀ  note versus UCLA but overall it was among the worst units ever to set foot on the field for the Trojans. Here is how the squad [...]

2010 Offense Game by Game Trends

I finally got around to updating the 2010 USC stats on a game by game basis for some basic areas. The offense was pretty strong through about through seven games averaging 35 points per game scoring and 470 yards of offense. Unfortunately it then fell off a cliff due to injuries, mistakes, bad execution, and [...]

2010 Defense Game by Game Trends

In 2010 at least the USC offense has a a seven game stretch where it looked in good shape at times (see trends). However the defense in contrast did not even have a stretch of 7 quarters let along 7 games where it looked good in 2010. This was by far the worst defense played [...]

Game 7: USC Defense vs. Cal Offense

Half way through the first quarter of the recent contest I started wondering “Okay, who are these guys and where have they been all season?”. Such was my reluctant attitude toward the defense after the first six games of the year. This was the sort of effort, desire, and performance that I thought was possible [...]

Game 6 USC Offense Trends

The USC defense is unfortunately doing a nice job of spoiling what is an otherwise pretty good year for the Trojan offense. Six games marks the half way point for the season and the USC offense surprisingly compares very favorably to the recent past. Usually the numbers go down slightly the second half of the [...]

Game 5 USC Defense Notes

There are lots of different ways to lose a football game and none of them are very pretty. Giving up big chunks of yardage to an average opponent and failing to make stops at critical junctures however is certainly one of the more annoying ways to do it. If Matt Barkley completed a couple of [...]

Virginia Power Runs vs. USC Defense

USC did not impress much in its home opener versus the University of Virginia. The offense struggled most of the evening and the defense played well only in spurts. I suspect that with a new coach in Mike London at Virginia it was difficult to prepare for the style of offense and defense that the [...]

Lead Iso Weak Play vs. Hawaii

In the recent game versus Hawaii the USC rushing attack got off to a nice start totaling 246 yards on 35 rush attempts for a healthy 7.0 yard average. Most of the damage was done from one back sets on inside zone plays weak, and a few outside zone plays run to the strong side. [...]

USC Base Defensive Fronts

I am just starting a new collection of basic defensive fronts used by USC. Here are the three most common fronts you will see USC use during the course of a game. Keep in mind that defensive personnel groupings (4-3 or 3-4) as loosely tossed around by the media mean almost nothing to coaches who [...]