The defense threw some different looks at the offense, and it clearly worked. Freshman linebacker Scott Starr had two interceptions, including one off a deflection. Defensive tackle George Uko’s pick also came on a tipped ball.
Marquess Wilson of Washington State University is the best returning receiver in college football according to the KSI Sabermetrics Index Rating. Fellow conference rivals Robert Woods (3rd) and Marquise Lee (9th) of USC also finished in the Top-10 of the WR Index.
A dynasty most likely would have continued without the NCAA penalties, but where’s the breaking news in that? Instead, USC breaking bad has become a modern miracle in coaching, roster juggling, recruiting and talent acquisition. In a backdoor, twisted kind of way, USC has almost benefitted from having gone on probation for Reggie Bush’s misdeeds.
“To be handed down what they said could be a death penalty, could take USC 10 years to come back from, then to have this recognition and be preseason No. 1 is very exciting for our fans because a lot people thought two years ago that this would not be possible for USC,” coach Lane Kiffin told the AP.