USC quarterback Caleb Williams, left, and UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson have led their teams to 3-0 starts this season. (Associated Press)
USC and UCLA boast matching 3-0 records, but their experiences have been quite different to start the season.
Los Angeles Times college football writers Ben Bolch, Ryan Kartje, J. Brady McCollough and Thuc Nhi Nguyen discuss what we’ve learned from the Trojans, the Bruins and the rest of the Pac-12 so far.
How should fans feel about UCLA’s and USC’s 3-0 starts?
UCLA coach Chip Kelly talks to UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson during the second half against South Alabama at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. (Ashley Landis / Associated Press)
Kartje: Contentment isn’t a state USC fans are all that accustomed to, but after three consecutive comfortable victories, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be perfectly pleased by what they’ve seen. Has it been perfect? Of course not. Is the defensive front a concern? Absolutely. But the offense is as advertised, averaging more than 50 points per game, and while USC’s defense has given up a ton of yards, it still has allowed fewer than 20 points per game. The Trojans continue to trend upward and if they can come out of Corvallis with a key road victory, they’ll really be cooking with gas.
As for UCLA, well … I’d imagine there’s a decidedly different sentiment among Bruins fans.
McCollough: Yes, it very much depends on if you’re wearing blue and gold or cardinal and gold. UCLA fans can feel relieved that they didn’t suffer an embarrassing loss to South Alabama, but they also should feel wary of the Washington-Utah-Oregon stretch after another cupcake in Colorado this week. If the Bruins don’t improve quickly, they could be 4-3 before we know it. I know USC fans are elated with the team’s start, and they should…
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Publish date : 2022-09-21 12:00:47
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