Trojans reacclimate to normal schedule
Following a Thursday night road game at Utah and a trip to the Northwest to take on Washington, No. 10 USC finally returns to the Coliseum on Saturday for a 3 p.m. matchup against Colorado. The Trojans will play three of their next four games at home, a welcome change from their hectic start to the season.
âWeâre trying to get into a routine of having normal Saturday games for the next six weeks,â USC coach Lane Kiffin said. âIt feels good to just kind of be on a normal schedule âŠ hopefully we can get a rhythm going.â
The Buffaloes have the worst overall record in the Pac-12 at 1-5, but the Trojans are aware of the need to take their opponent seriously. After a mediocre start to Wednesdayâs practice, Kiffin explained how the Trojans could dig themselves into an early hole despite being heavily favored.
âWe came out here and didnât start very well on offense,â Kiffin said. âYou start turning the ball over, getting penalties, you let them right into the game. So thatâs our focus not to do that.â
The Trojans enter their contest against Colorado with a new emphasis on the ground game. USC accumulated 204 rushing yards against the Huskies and hopes to keep that success going this weekend.
âIt was really critical for us to show that we can run the ball for our opponents that we play,â Kiffin said. âTo get people at some point to stop spending so much time on [Marqise Lee] and [Robert Woods]. And I think also for your team, itâs a mentality. We donât ever want to be a team that just throws the ball around, because I think that affects your whole team.â
Colorado has the 84th-ranked ranked run defense in college football, letting up an average of 181.5 yards per game. If USC is able to maintain a balanced attack against the Buffaloes, Kiffin believes his own defense will take care of the rest.
âMost of those teams, if you look around the country, that throw the ball a ton usually donât have very good defenses,â Kiffin said. âSo I think itâs just a product of your team and what you want. We want a physical defense that in practice we can run the ball at and make them really have to hold up. I think that carries over to your entire team.â