Jeremy Hogue's mailbag
September, 12, 2012
By Jeremy Hogue | ESPN Insider
Rich Kane/Icon SMIUSC stuck with its running game against Syracuse, giving Silas Redd his first 100-yard game as a Trojan. It'll need to continue that this weekend against Stanford.Each week, WeAreSC columnist Jeremy Hogue will answer strategy and USC team questions in this mailbag:
1) Khaled Holmes left the Syracuse game with an injury. If he cannot play against Stanford, how does that impact the USC offensive line?
The line play so far this season has been surprisingly inconsistent. With four returning starters, I expected it to be a strength out of the gate, and while I still expect it to develop into that, so far it’s been hit or miss. Against Syracuse, unsuccessful plays were plagued by penetration through the middle of the line, and even some missed assignments. Taking Holmes out of the mix only makes that worse. And while Syracuse was stout up front, the defensive fronts ahead -- particularly Stanford and Utah -- will be tougher. It will be hard for viewers to know what kind of impact Holmes’ injury has, but if you see the pocket collapse on pass protection, if you see penetration on run plays, and if you see defenders unblocked anywhere along the line -- those are the things that may happen more frequently with Holmes out of the game.
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State