Sep 5, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of fireworks as Southern California Trojans players enter field before the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
USC football kicked off the 2015 season in style with a 55-6 thrashing of Arkansas State, revealing several promising, and troubling, signs for the young Trojans.
There were reasons to fear the Red Wolves before kick off, but USC proved more than up to the task of shutting down Fredi Knighten and the Arkansas State up-tempo attack.
Holding the Red Wolves to their lowest scoring total since 2008, the dominance of the Trojan defense was the surprise storyline of the evening.
Of course, Cody Kessler and the offense did their part as well, taking a 28-o lead at the half and affording Max Browne lots of time in mop up duty.
Now the question turns to what the events of Saturday could reflect about the season to come.
With that in mind, here’s a look at five things we learned versus Arkansas State and what they mean for the upcoming match up against Idaho: