1) Does USC have enough players to field a team?
Alright, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but I wish it was a bigger one. As of practice on Tuesday, the Trojans had less than 40 players available of the 53 who participated in the game against Notre Dame. That includes USC’s top two rushers, all three scholarship tight ends, and four of five scholarship wide outs.
There’s been no word that Nelson Agholor, who sat out Tuesday, won’t be available Saturday but that still leaves just Darreus Rogers and him as receiving options with Marqise Lee, Victor Blackwell and De’Von Flournoy in doubt. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick will more than likely be the lone scholarship tight end to suit up, which is a major problem given the Trojans regular use of two tight end sets. Tre Madden is still questionable with a hamstring problem and Justin Davis is out for the season with an ankle injury, leaving the once full stable relatively thin.
On the defensive side of the ball, Dion Bailey has been hampered by a shoulder injury, his status for Saturday is unknown. Linebacker Lamar Dawson, meanwhile, suffered a leg injury in practice Tuesday, but there’s no telling how serious it was.