Historically, in games against teams with strong defenses, what has often been the difference maker for USC is their collection of play makers.
Being able to rely on a group of wide receivers, a tight end or two, and multiple running backs, has kept defenses honest and prevented them from honing in on one player.
Despite the numerous injuries the Trojans have endured, they still possess plenty of offensive weapons.
In the process of getting as healthy as they’ve been in recent weeks, the Trojans suffered a setback with Silas Redd having to exit the victory over Cal with a right knee injury.
During his Sunday conference call, interim Coach Ed Orgeron said Redd is questionable for the game against No. 4 Stanford.
If Redd is unable to play, that would leave the backfield thin with Javorius Allen and Ty Isaac as the only scholarship running backs available.
Tre Madden’s availability remains unknown.
However, when it comes to receiving options, Cody Kessler should have his choice between Nelson Agholor, Victor Blackwell, Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, Xavier Grimble, Marqise Lee, and Darreus Rogers.
In the victories over Oregon State and the Bears, the Trojans have been efficient and explosive on offense.
More times than not, Kessler has found the right man and is playing confidently, and the running backs have hit the open lanes aggressively.
In order to defeat the Cardinal, a similar offensive performance figures to be necessary.