USC Football has their biggest game of the year on Friday, and the pressure's on Caleb Williams. But, is it really? Absolutely not. That's because Williams doesn't feel pressure. According to PFF, Williams has attempted 106 passes under pressure, and hasn't thrown a single interception. Clearly, he's not fazed by pressure in the pocket, and he's also not pressured by the stage.
The lights are never too bright for him. Each of the last two weeks were also supposed to be "the biggest game of the year for USC Football."
He chose to respond to that by completing 76.9% of his passes for 702 passing yards and three touchdowns (only one turnover) in these last two games. He's also ran the ball 17 times for 68 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in that time. For Williams, pressure is a privilege.
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USC Football QB1 Caleb Williams has played at an elite level all year, though, and not just in the two biggest games of the season. PFF has officially included him in their 2022 PFF College First-Team All-American Team.
After a season where he has averaged 9.1 yards per pass attempt, 10.5 adjusted yards per pass attempt, and also ran for 351 yards--the selection is impossible to argue with. His 44 total touchdowns (33 passing) to three total turnovers on the season are impossible to argue with too.
They also included USC Safety Calen Bullock on their First-Team All-American Team. Bullock improved this year to 43 tackles in the season, five interceptions (one for a touchdown), and four PD's.
Andrew Vorhees was the First-Team All-American Left Guard for them, as he had another elite season for the Trojan offensive line. There were four other Trojans on their Second-Team All-American Team (WR Jordan Addison, CB Mekhi Blackmon, C Brett Neilon, and Edge Tuli Tuipulotu).
Conference Championship weekend will be a great one. USC's tilt in the PAC-12 Title Game with Utah will be the only Power 5 matchup on Friday. The rest will be on Saturday. On one hand, it's not good that the PAC-12 is going to have to play on a short week, but on the other it's good that the PAC-12 Championship is going to have LOTS of eyes on it.
It's the only big game of the day. It's a wildly different situation on Saturday, where the other four conferences will be competing for viewership, along with two ranked teams playing against each other in the Conference Championship Game for the American. Remember--as long as SC wins, not too much on Saturday matters, as they will make the College Football Playoff regardless.