Congrats bruins. Last night was the first time I can remember ever seeing ucla being bigger, stronger and faster that USC almost across the board. The SC WRs were noticeably smaller, weaker and slower than the ucla DBs. It was like high school WR vs. D1 dbs. The WRs could not get separation in man coverage. ucla dbs were reaching over the heads and around the SC WR's bodies to deflect passes. The drop off from Drake London to the next guy was like a jump off Mudd tower.
The SC OL looked shorter, fatter, and slower than the ucla DL. The ucla lbs were taller, faster, stronger that the SC lbs - by a lot. They also had been coached on how to tackle and were not afraid to hit and wrap up. The SC OL looks like the least talented squad on the team and has been for over a decade. This group must be the first priority in recruiting to protect the 5* QBs that seem to keep coming to SC, but also to establish a dominant run game and therefore offensive balance. Ingram had to do all the hard work, and show consistent patience in waiting for holes to open up. It's revealing to SC's current talent level that he was discarded from the bottom of the deck at Texas, only to show up and be the best running back at SC. Vavae is serviceable, but not a feature back. Here, again, SC has a long drop off from #1 to #2.
The roster needs to be restocked with 4/5 stars across the board. This will take 2-3 years to build up enough experienced talent before SC can earn it's next Pac-12 Championship.