After USC football dominated in their season-opener versus Rice, it is clear that they are here to stay. On both sides of the ball, the chemistry looked surreal. Each player was making a contribution, which resulted in a 52-point win. Head coach Lincoln Riley exceeded expectations in his debut, making it evident that USC is pushing for a playoff spot.
One player who made his impact known was star quarterback Caleb Williams. Although Williams played exceptionally well last season for Oklahoma, it was unclear whether or not he would bring the same energy to USC. After watching him tear down Rice’s defense, it is safe to say Williams is the real deal.
Williams’ ability to spread the ball and make plays for his teammates is some of the best in college football. He possesses all of the qualities needed to dominate at the highest level. Williams should encounter no problems at all in replicating his week one performance against Stanford.
Moreover, the entire offense was firing on all cylinders. Receivers Tahj Washington and Jordan Addison combined for nine catches, 119 yards, and two touchdowns. In addition, running backs Austin Jones and Raleek Brown combined for over 100 total yards and three touchdowns.
Caleb Williams will lead USC Football to another impressive win against Stanford.
USC football has a special talent in Caleb Williams. Not only can Williams dissect a defense in the passing game, but he can also take control on the ground. He has proven to be fearless by laying his body on the line for a few extra yards, and possibly a first-down.
In his performance against Rice, Williams posted 249 passing yards and 68 rushing yards, along with a completion percentage of 86.4. Additionally, Williams had a near-perfect “quarterback rating” of 95.2, as well as a PFF passer rating of 140.8. He also showcased his throwing abilities in a 43-yard pass to Washington, on just the fourth play of the game.
Since USC was cruising through Rice’s defense, backup quarterback Miller Moss was able to get some quality playing time as well. This did not make much of a difference as he proceeded to lead USC into scoring even more points.
In just the first week, Williams and the rest of the offense showed the rest of the world what USC is capable of. As USC is now ranked top 10 in the AP Top 25, it is only a matter of time before they are battling for one of the highest rankings against some of the top teams in the nation.