USC Football: 5 Things We Learned vs. Arkansas State

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Sep 5, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans defensive end Malik Dorton (44) tackles Arkansas Red Wolves quarterback Fredi Knighten (9) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

1. Platooning Works

The Trojans played 22 new players on Saturday and repeatedly shuffled the deck with the rotation at nearly every position. Steve Sarkisian is calling the hockey-style line shifts ‘platooning’, to which defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow explained after the game.

“We don’t sub, we platoon,” said Bigelow . “That means the next man up is just as good as the man that was in front of him. That was the mentality we had coming into the game, so we knew we’d see a lot of the faces that we saw.”

With such rotation, players remained fresher throughout the game

What does that mean for Idaho? It’s not a secret that Idaho is one of the most futile teams in FBS, giving the Trojans a luxury of sorts with Stanford on the schedule next Saturday. Because of that, the platooning might get turned up a notch.

USC needs to get everyone ready for Pac-12 play and there’s no better week than this week to get a really good look at the freshman.

Should the Trojans build an early lead, it’s not out of the question that Sarkisian could play the bulk of the game with those listed as second and thirds on the depth chart. That includes backup quarterback Max Browne.