For the second game of their 2023 season the USC Trojans will host the Stanford Cardinal at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Caleb Williams, the Heisman Trophy victor and quarterback for USC, and a potent attack helped the team significantly improve in coach Lincoln Riley’s first season. The Trojans defeated Tulane at the Cotton Bowl and qualified for the Pac-12 championship match. While 2022 was an improvement in the right direction, USC is obviously aiming towards the CFB Playoff. Williams will be back in charge of one of the greatest attacks in the country, but for the Trojans to secure the Pac-12 Championship, their defense needs to improve. A few transfers, notably linebacker Mason Cobb from Oklahoma State and defensive lineman Bear Alexander from Georgia, should improve the defense. Riley has lots of time to work out the kinks on both ends of the football thanks to the back loaded schedule.
The USC team’s motto for this season is “Job’s Not Finished,” a reference to how dangerously close they came to capturing the Pac-12 championship and qualifying for the College Football Playoff the previous season. The Trojans possess a lot of skill on both ends of the football, a Heisman victor guiding the pack, and Riley has set a high standard for them. However, there are multiple factors to believe they can succeed.
Troy Taylor, the new coach, replaces David Shaw and comes from Sacramento State where he enjoyed success. Taylor’s squad only has 5 returning starters for this season, thus in along with the program’s change and change in offensive and defensive playbooks, there are many new players on the roster. In the fall, there will likely be a quarterback contest amongst a few contenders, but the victor will have two exceptional players in running back E.J. Smith and tight end Benjamin Yurosek. Last season, Stanford’s defense let up 32.2 points per game, and it will continue to improve this season.
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Stanford Cardinal vs USC Trojans Game Information
- Date: 09/10/2023
- Time: 10:30 PM ET
- Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA.
- How to Watch Stanford vs USC : ABC
- Live Stream: fubo.tv