USC vs Utah State: Five Things To Watch For

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Sep 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) sprints down the sideline on his way to an 80-yard touchdown as he is trailed on the sidelines by head coach Lane Kiffin during the second quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

1) Kiffin’s Mentality

Last week, Lane Kiffin began to atone for his sins against Washington State by changing up the offensive strategy. With Cody Kessler named the permanent starter, Kiffin employed play action rollouts to get his quarterback out on the run and opened up the passing game with a greater willingness to throw downfield. The question now is whether Kiffin continues down that road. Kessler thrived under the game plan he described as “a lot more aggressive,” but given Kiffin’s history, there’s no telling if he will show that same aggressive mentality with any consistency. As the Trojans prepare to face their first real test on defense in Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton, USC’s offense cannot afford to sit back and hope the defense can pitch another shutout.

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