With Devon Kennard out for the foreseeable future because of a torn pectoral muscle, coachLane Kiffin and Ed Orgeron decided that the sophomore would be playing defensive end in his place and freshman Leonard Williams would be at defensive tackle. It’s a move motivated by two things: A need for an experienced player at Kennard’s vacated end spot and a desire to put Williams at the spot where he can make the biggest, quickest impact. This seems as if it fulfills both of those, as Tavai logged time in seven games last season and the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Williams is getting too big to play defensive end.
“I know he knows (defensive) end and he’s a great athlete,” Townsend said of Tavai. “He has a motor. He’s strong. He’s talented. We’re just out there just pushing each other and that’s really what I like — competition. You need competition to get better.
Given that USC returns the nation’s best receiving tandem, a 1,000-yard rusher (and another on the way), four starting offensive lineman and its entire back seven, the Trojans figured to be the favorite in the Pac-12 South even if Matt Barkley had opted to leave early for the NFL. But when the golden boy quarterback announced on Dec. 22 that he — and his teammates had “unfinished business” and he was returning to Troy, USC became not only the favorite to end Oregon’s run of Pac-12 titles, but also the team with the best hope of ending the SEC’s six-year streak of BCS titles. Oddsmakers have made the Trojans a jaw-dropping 1-6 favorite to win the South division.
USC – In my opinion, should be ranked as the best team out there. They have 19 returning starters, including a Heisman-contending quarterback (Matt Barkley) and a pair of receivers (Marqise Lee and Robert Woods) that will dominate many defenses. Oregon’s their biggest test on November 3rd.
Some of the stadium’s top collegiate match-ups are detailed on the Bears’ official website, including Army vs. Navy in 1926. A year later, the Notre Dame-USC rivalry set college football’s single game attendance record with 123,000 packed in.