USC Trojans News: Lincoln Riley wins Twitter, Andy Enfield's turnaround, more

Evan Desai
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USC Football has answered a lot of questions these past couple weeks on defense. Have they been particularly inspiring all-around? Well, not eactly, but they have proven the ability to slow down opposing running games. Against UCLA two weeks ago, SC held Bruins RB1 Zach Charbonnet under 100 rushing yards (95). He's averaged 135.9 rushing yards per contest this year.

Still, however, everyone in the national media expected Notre Dame--who has a significantly worse run game than UCLA--to torch the Trojans in L.A. for unknown reasons. Sure enough, SC not only slowed down their rushing attack, but completely eliminated it. The Fighting Irish ran for just 90 yards on 26 carries. That's a putrid 3.5 yards per carry.

PAC-12 Insider Jon Wilner was a face of the outrageous claims that the Trojans would get run out of their own stadium; claiming ND would "rush for about 850 yards." SC Head Coach Lincoln Riley had a kick out of that embarrassing take after the game on Twitter:

USC Basketball News

USC Basketball won their PAC-12 opener against the Cal Golden Bears on Wednesday. They took the W 66-51, but even before the win, PAC-12 Network Color Commentator Bill Walton dropped a fascinating factoid about the job that Trojan Head Coach Andy Enfield has done at SC.

He revealed that of the four biggest basketball teams in L.A. (USC, UCLA, Los Angeles Lakers, and LA Clippers), the Trojans have the best record of the four during the last seven years. It truly is remarkable what Enfield is building, especially when he has his second straight top 10 recruiting class on the way for next season.

NCAA Football News

On Wednesday, USC Football's second home (the Rose Bowl) finally gave in and signed off on the College Football Playoff expanding to 12 teams in 2024 and 2025, per ESPN's Pete Thamel. This year and next year will still have four-team Playoffs, though.

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SC has a solid chance of making the CFP this year, as all they need to do at this point is avenge their Utah loss during the season in the PAC-12 Championship Game this Friday. Currently, they are the No. 4 team in the CFP Top 25 Rankings.

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