Friday, January 21, 2022

Stanford at USC

Two of the best quarterbacks in the nation square off when Stanford heads to USC in Week 9.

Stanford offense vs. USC defense
• Cardinal QB Andrew Luck's freedom to audible to any play in the playbook is rare for a college quarterback, and it gives his offense a tremendous advantage. Versatile tight ends Coby Fleener, Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo add to that flexibility. All three have the size to operate as in-line blockers and are athletic enough to flex out to the slot and stretch the seam vertically. Stanford can come out of the huddle in what appears to be a "Jumbo" personnel package with two tight ends in-line and one as an H-back in the backfield, then flex one or two of them to the slot if Luck spots a mismatch against a linebacker he can exploit. The Trojans' linebackers do not match up well versus Stanford's trio of tight ends. MLB Chris Galippo has experience and size (6-foot-2, 250) but he is a below-average athlete, and the exact opposite is true of athletic but raw freshman OLBs Dion Bailey (6-0, 200) and Hayes Pullard (6-0, 225).