It’s amazing what happens when you play on the road against someone other than putrid Virginia.
USC had played at a very high level so far, but that stopped last night. I didn’t get to see the first half thanks to the new season of “The Office” on NBC, and despite my feeling otherwise, I guessed that the game wouldn’t be very exciting anyway.
I will have to look at my recording of the halftime show and second half more closely to find out what exactly happened, since the box score didn’t have many clues as to what happened before I started watching. However, it appeared USC ran into the same problem that Georgia did against South Carolina: the opposing defensive line was a good enough matchup that it didn’t have to do much blitzing to get pressure.
The Beaver offensive line looked pretty good for that matter too. They were able to open up some running lanes and bought QB Lyle Moevao scrambling time when he needed it. For a team that got stomped by Penn State, that’s pretty impressive.
I’ll admit that I thought USC looked very good the first three weeks, and I let it override my preseason opinion some. I suspected this Trojan team looked vulnerable, and here we found out that they are without a doubt vulnerable. Turns out we won’t have to worry about what happens if USC, the Big 12 champ, and the SEC champ all go undefeated.
TCU should give Oklahoma a run for their money, and Alabama’s defensive line could cause some serious problems for Georgia. It looks conceivable that Florida could be No. 1 after the weekend. Provided they beat Ole Miss, of course.