Hoo Preview ’08: The Schedule

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No Chance

Just try to keep it close.

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The opponent: Southern California Trojans, Aug. 30
Television: 3:30 p.m., ABC Regional and ESPN2
The venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA (61,500)
Playing surface: Grass
2007 record: 11-2, (7-2 Pac-10)
Bowl game: 49-17 Rose Bowl win over Illinois
Last year against the Hoos: DNP

A look back at 2007: USC finished No. 2/3 in the final polls and its two losses were by a total of just 8 points. Seven players were selected in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft and three others were drafted in the later rounds, including quarterback John David Booty. The Trojan defensive unit was second nationally last year in both total defense (273.2) and scoring defense (16.0), as well as fourth in rushing defense (84.2) and sixth in pass efficiency defense (102.1). However, USC’s 2007 offense did not rank in the national Top 25 in any offensive statistical category for the first time since Pete Carroll’s debut season in 2001.

Defense: 4-3
Returning starters: 7
2007 PPG Allowed: 16.0
2007 YPC Allowed: 2.5
Defensive Strengths: Safeties, linebackers
Defensive questions: Defensive line
Defensive players to watch: LB Rey Maualuga, LB Brian Cushing , S Taylor Mays, DT Fili Moala

Offense: Multiple
Returning starters: 4
2007 PPG: 32.6
2007 YPC: 5.0
Offensive strengths: Running backs, wide receivers, running game
Offensive questions: Offensive line, quarterback
Offensive players to watch: TB Joe McKnight, TB Stafon Johnson,