1) Buck Allen Can Carry The Run Game
If you had said at the beginning of the season that Buck Allen would be one of the key players in the USC offense come the last game of the season you probably would have gotten a few odd looks.
You also would have been right.
Injuries have forced Allen to step into the starring role and he has handled the pressure brilliantly. He added to his growing touchdown tally in the past four games with three against the Buffaloes. He could have had four if a holding call hadn’t knocked out a 66-yard rush he ripped off in the second half. He did all that with an offensive line that struggled to get push off the line for much of the game too.
What that means for UCLA: The Bruins field a rush defense that ranks eight in the Pac-12. They average 173 allowed yards on the ground each game. More importantly, they have given up an average of 246 yards rushing in their three losses this year.