The USC Trojans are still taking heat for their performance in the Washington State game on Saturday night, and given how sad of an effort it was, you can’t blame the fans for being upset. After all, on Saturday, the #25 Trojans came home to play a 3-9 team from last year with nothing to lose. That team with nothing to lose had a lot to gain, and did. The Boston College Eagles head to Los Angeles with much the same frame of mind.
Just like against Washington State, this Trojans defense is not going to give away much to the Eagles. Boston College’s offense, which has sometimes been vanilla but good enough to win so far, is going to have issues on Saturday and there are only a few possible ways around it.
BC Offense vs. USC Defense: Stat Comparison
There are no typos on the graphic. In two games, USC has allowed a total of thirty rushing yards, and it was on 53 carries. They also have 11 sacks in two games (1st in FBS), which right there tells you a lot about what this team can do. Consider also that the Eagles’ offensive line took its lumps on pass protection against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and you have a clear problem.
USC has also forced seven turnovers and not allowed their opponents to score at all in the red zone, mainly because it has been rare for their opponents to get there at all.
The offensive statistics for Boston College may look mediocre, but they are nevertheless an improvement over last year. Chase Rettig’s passer efficiency of 171.52 is 24th-best of all FBS quarterbacks at this stage, and that high up the list, he has some talented company. The problem is that USC did not let either quarterback succeed against them.