I loved the old USC teams that had balance. Although I love Mike Leach it is because he wins with passing because he generally coaches at programs where talent is 2nd rate. The top programs have balance not gimmicks.
So all the passes and receiving stats DO NOT impress me.
If USC does not improve its offensive line and defensive line play it will continue to not be part of the top level of college football with Clemson, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame and now probably Oregon.
Linemen recruits are the hardest to evaluate so line improvement must come through coaching and conditioning.
@buddyboy I just read a quote from nick saban that floored me, “ defense doesn’t win championships anymore. Offenses do”. Things change.
@BigBallss Interesting and certainly last year he won with offense and a mediocre defense but his offense was balanced and his offensive line was excellent in protection and rushing. ANDDDDDDDDD, one year doesn't mean that much to me. Look at Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Clemson (the final 4 teams) and they all had excellent lines (offensive and defense) and they all had balanced offenses.