Just when we thought USC was finally back to being a national powerhouse, they’re having a ton of trouble with a non-power conference opponent. More than midway through the 4th quarter, the Trojans and Western Michigan are tied 28-28 in Los Angeles.
USC quarterback Sam Darnold, a preseason Heisman favorite and potential no. 1 overall NFL draft pick, has played uncharacteristically poorly, throwing for no touchdowns and two interceptions. And although running back Ronald Jones II had a big day with 122 yards and two touchdowns, the Trojans defense hasn’t got enough stops.
Western Michigan may not have a whole lot of name recognition, but they are coming off of an undefeated regular season in 2016, so perhaps this shouldn’t come as a shock. But still, with former head coach P.J. Fleck now at Minnesota and with the Broncos traveling to Los Angeles, they were heavy underdogs in this one.
Regardless, this would almost inarguably be the biggest upset of Week 1 thus far, and a huge blow to the Trojans’ College Football Playoff hopes.
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