USC at Boston College: USC Offense vs. BC Defense

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Sep 5, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Pittsburgh Panters wide receiver

Manasseh Garner

(82) makes a catch against Boston College Eagles cornerback

John Johnson

(43) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The matchup of USC offense vs. BC defense did not go well for the Eagles in 2013 against Lane Kiffin’s failing regime. Will 2014 be any better?

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A week earlier, USC had been held to just seven points and 193 yards of total offense by Washington State, in what was an impossibly bad game to watch. Against Boston College seven days later, USC scored 35 and piled up 521 yards, and that was despite 100 yards in penalties against them.

The Trojans now boast their old offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, as head coach. Meanwhile, Boston College is in their second year with Don Brown, the highly-touted defensive coordinator whose unit still has work to do.

USC Offense vs. BC Defense: Statistical Comparison

Using limited 2014 statistics, sans graphics today.

• USC is averaging 32.5 points per game right now (T-63rd FBS)
• Boston College allows 18.5 points per game (T-45th)

• The Trojans have rushed for 216.5 yards per game (45th)
• The Eagles run defense is allowing 178.5 yards per game (92nd)

• USC is passing for 279.5 yards per game (T-46th)
• The Eagles have only given up 129.5 yards per game through the air (16th)

• This gives us USC total offense of 496 yards per game (36th)
• The Eagles defense accounts for 307 yards per game allowed (T-37th)

• USC quarterbacks (Cody Kessler) have a passer rating of 163.73 (21st)
• Eagles opponents combine for a passer rating of 110.89 (44th)

• The Trojans have moved the chains about 26.5 times per game (T-24th)
• BC opponents manage 15.5 first downs per game (T-25th)

• USC only gives up 1.0 sack per game (T-25th)
• Boston College is registering 1.5 sacks per game (T-77th)

• The Trojans are good on third down at 56.25% (12th)
• BC gives up a third down conversion 34.62% of the time (T-59th)