O/NSO: A hindsight confession of a 2019 preseason game-by-game prognosticator edition

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  2. BigRex

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    great article. So long as USC runs an Air Raid offense that puts so much importance on one man--the QB--the games will be hard to predict. Who could have predicted that the starting QB would go down in the second game? Who could have predicted Slovis would be as good as he was? Your predictions next year should be interesting. USC will be more stable with two good soph QB's with experience and a defense that is a year more experienced.
     
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    Agreed. But also the Air Raid puts additional pressure on its own defensive unit. The defense tends to be on the field longer facing more plays, and if the offense is not clicking the players get scant rest and wear down. The Air Raid model scores points but also tends to give up a lot. See Leach at TTech and Wazzu and Kingsbury among other disciples. And such a team has never won even a conference championship. My guess is that it will be junked after Helton is canned and Harrell heads for greener pastures.
     
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    "Washington tailback Salvon Ahmed rushed for a career-high 153 yards..."

    "ND’s Tony Jones Jr. rushed for a career-high 176 yards..."

    How many times have we had to read sentences like that during the CH era? It's particularly sad because these teams play against FCS opponents, Oregon State, other cupcakes, etc., yet career highs come against SC.
     
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    5-7 in 2018, 8-5 in 2019. 6-7 in 2020? Oy...plop plop fizz fizz not USC football this is...

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    Kedon was the wild card.
     
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    You forgot the worst one of all. I can't even bring myself to type it. . .
     
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    Always a fun read, thanks, Greg...poster who said Slovis was the wild card was right, arguably similar to Darnold...
     
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    Didn't need to type that one. Nobody can forget it. No need to open old wounds.
     
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    Actually, the team that won Time of Possession lost all but 2 of USC's games this year, so your comment regarding rest didn't seem to come into play.
     

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