Jeremy Hogue's mailbag
September, 19, 2012
By Jeremy Hogue | ESPN Insider
Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesThe problems of USC's offensive line had quarterback Matt Barkley under duress constantly against Stanford.Each week, WeAreSC columnist Jeremy Hogue will answer strategy and USC team questions in this mailbag:
1) Why was the Stanford run game so effective against USC?
The good news for USC is that for a good portion of the game, it wasn’t. The problem the Trojans had -- which seemed to show up a bit late in the Syracuse game as well -- is that the depth isn’t what it’s been in the past. Late in games against teams who are physical up front, USC’s front seemed to wear down. But in all honesty, if the offense had played better, you’d take the result that the defense gave on Saturday. And as you look forward, there is no team that will come at the Trojans as physically as Stanford did the rest of the season (unless they meet again in the Pac-12 Championship Game).
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
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