Friday night should be a fun one out West, as two of the top offensives in the country meet in Pullman, WA. Sophomore Sam Darnold of Southern Cal and senior Luke Falk of Washington State will be looking to light up the scoreboard as the #5 USC Trojans battle it out with #16 Washington State in a key early season PAC 12 showdown.
Both teams, and both quarterbacks, have taken different roads to the 4-0 starts for each team this season. Darnold has struggled at times, throwing seven interceptions through the first four games after only throwing nine all of last season. Falk has lit up opponent after opponent and has already thrown fourteen touchdowns in 2017. The Cougar offense is ranked 12th in scoring (43.8 points per game), and 15th in total yards per game (504.3 yards per game). USC has yet to look as talented as the should, but has played tougher opponents thus far. On the other hand, the Cougars have blown out three clearly inferior opponents.
The key to the game will be which defense can perform on the big stage. Washington State’s defensive front looks good on paper, but has not faced a legitimate offense to date. The Trojan defense has found ways to make the big plays and help the team hold on to leads, but has not had to stop a unit like the one led by Falk. The secondary is one of the best in the nation at generating interceptions and will need to live up to that reputation to give Darnold the support he will need to fend off the Cougars.
The Trojans and Cougars will face off in a classic battle of strength versus strength. An aggressive and opportunistic Trojan secondary hopes to ground Falk’s all out aerial assault, while an untested Cougar defense is out to snuff out Sam Darnold’s Playoff hopes and show the college football world they are the real deal. Friday night will surely be something you don’t want to miss out West.