10 things USC needs to fix against Utah – Orange County Register

LOS ANGELES – When you consider how uninspired USC looked against Oregon State, you could almost repeat last week’s to-do list.

But there remain fresh issues USC must address because Utah is a couple notches above Oregon State and another performance like last Saturday’s could ruin the Trojans’ season. So here are 10 things USC must fix to beat the Utes.

1. Keep Sam Darnold happy: For some reason, USC is keeping Darnold in the pocket instead of letting him create plays with his feet. Remember when he rolled out at the Rose Bowl, almost slipped and completed a pass for a two-point conversion? If the offense maintains its circus atmosphere, he might turn pro just to get away from the nonsense.

2. Coach up your players: Why is Darnold apologizing to any coaches for discussing how USC could improve its offense? Instead, USC needs to focus on why it looks like a shell of the team that everyone picked to cruise into the College Football Playoff.

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