I’m pretty sure that I don’t have to explain that I don’t believe that USC is the only college football team in America that actually plays a preseason schedule. Sure teams load up with some cupcakes early on in the season, but I don’t think anyone would call the first four games of any teams’ regular season schedule the “preseason”. Especially when the team struggles to win 3 out of 4 of those games.
Well, surprise. That’s exactly what Lane Kiffin saw USC’s first four opponents as. And now that the Trojans have moved beyond the practice games, he and his Trojans are ready to get serious.
“I’ll say this, a lot of stuff we worked on throughout the off-season, we haven’t done yet and will come out,” Kiffin finally admitted. “Strategically, we saved it for certain games this season that you’ll see them in.”
“We put a lot of focus on Game 5 in the offseason, to coming back home and playing [Washington], especially with them beating us last year,” Kiffin said. “We’ll see if it pays off because we have spent a ton of time on those guys.”
That’s another part to the end of the “preseason,” as Kiffin termed those first four games. It might be time to stop babying players, pulling the starters in the third quarter or rotating more than usual. If you do that against Stanford, you’re only going to hurt your own chances of winning this conference.
And here you thought USC was in trouble. They were just waiting for the preseason to end. It’s all a part of the “Lane Kiffin process”.
Sleep well, Trojans fans. Sleep well.