Five takeaways from USC’s trouncing of Cal

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USC’s offensive line needs major improvement

While the Trojans had one of their best offensive outputs of the season as a whole, it was clear that the offensive line experienced the same deficiencies they have had all year.

On top of Slovis being sacked three times, he had to navigate the pocket and extend plays consistently to keep USC’s offense moving.

And then there was the running game. After removing the lost yardage on sacks (which are on the offensive line) and a kneel down, the Trojans rushed for 80 yards against Cal.

Kenan Christon led the way with 44 yards on nine carries, good for a pedestrian 4.9 yards per carry. His long on the night was 23 yards, so outside of that play, the freshman track star amassed 21 yards on eight carries.

Yet, the offensive line actually blocked well for Christon in comparison to Stephen Carr.

Coming off a hamstring injury, Carr’s longest rush of the night was 12 yards. On his other eight carries, he gained just seven yards. And while some like to point to the junior’s propensity to dance before hitting a hole, this was not the case against Cal. No, Carr consistently had a defender in his face in the backfield, which led to the Trojans’ abysmal night running the ball.

If USC is going to turn into a playoff-type team, they will need to entirely revamp the physicality and mindset of their offensive line moving forward.

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