SCliff Notes: Adoree’ Jackson Focused on Defense and More USC Football News


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  • Lindsey Thiry talked to freshman phenom Adoree’ Jackson, who has turned his focus to defense during the bye week, though he wants to continue his role on offense. (LA Times)
  • Vincent Bonsignore takes a look at USC’s bye week identity crisis. Cody Kessler and Andre Heidari are praised, while there are serious questions about coaching. (LA Daily News)
  • Never one to see the USC glass as half full himself, Scott Wolf made note of the Trojans’ attempts to find the positives in performance against Boston College. Speaking of positives, there’s a Lane Kiffin compliment in there. (LA Daily News)
  • Michael Lev also covered some potential reasons for optimism surrounding the Trojans, though he didn’t pull any punches on his causes for concern. (OC Register)
  • Kevin Gemmell ranked the Trojans No. 8 in his Pac-12 power rankings, a two-spot drop from last week’s rankings despite USC being on a bye. “Don’t like it? Don’t get outrushed 452-20 in your previous game.” Ouch. (ESPN)
  • Poll makers agreed in part with Gemmell’s assessment, as the AP knocked USC another spot, from No. 17 to No. 18, during the bye week for good measure. (Conquest Chronicles)
  • Gemmell delivers another harsh take on the Trojans, projecting USC to go to the San Francisco Bowl. In week one‘s predictions he had USC in the Holiday Bowl. (ESPN)
  • Vegas still has faith in the Trojans. Despite losing to Boston College after being named 17-point road favorites, Vegas Insider still projects USC to best Oregon State by double-digits, though only just. (Reign Of Troy)
  • That spread may grow after news that the Beavers’ top receiver, Victor Bolden, will miss the game after dislocating his finger against San Diego State. (Reign Of Troy)
  • Kyle Kensing explored USC’s trouble against the zone read. It’s not pretty, especially when you consider that nearly every Pac-12 South team the Trojans will face this year run a version of that system. (Bleacher Report)

Stat of the Day:

USC is 54-16-1 following bye weeks since 1955.

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