USC 2016 Depth Chart and Rankings

The long awaited depth chart for the 2016 season has been released. The starting quarterback has been named for the season opener. That means it’s almost time for some real action to take place. Only two weeks to go!

If you’ve been keeping up with everything, nothing in the depth chart should come as too much of a surprise. If you haven’t, then it’ll be like Christmas for you. Enjoy!

Something of note is how many wide receiver positions have “OR” listed on them. It really show how deep the receiving corp is for this season. Hopefully the days of using walk-on receivers against Notre Dame are long behind us. It’s the kind of OR that should make you happy, unlike a Denny’s menu or QB battle. Sorry, didn’t mean to zing Kiffin twice.

I didn't mean it. We're still cool, right? Please just screw up one more game though.

I didn’t mean it. We’re still cool, right? Please just screw up one more game though.

But seriously, Denny’s…bacon OR sausage? I want both! I usually solve this by ordering two grand slams. Now how do I connect this back to the post to make it look like I know what I’m doing? Ah, yes. I like my stomach like my rosters: full.

With a return to a near full roster, depth at most positions, and no critical injuries to essential personnel it may seem like 2016 is the year for a good run. You can hope and dream that will happen—as I will—but it likely will not be the case. Even though the roster is near full, there is far too much youth on the team. Normally, there would be a better distribution of juniors and seniors across the roster, but the team is too heavily weighted towards underclassmen.

Out of the 30-some upperclassmen, quite a few do not have significant game experience or are specialty positions like long snapper and kicker. That leaves about 20 of the 85 scholarship players as upperclassmen with decent experience. This team may have some substantial growing pains early in the season.

Speaking of early in the season, the Trojans play all the preseason ranked teams at the beginning and end of the season. Schedule order can matter a lot in whether or not a team succeeds or fails during a season.

USC’s bye week precedes a Thursday game against Cal. Prepare your butt for traffic that night. That’s pretty good timing because the team will get an extra 2 days to recover and prepare for Oregon and a long string of ranked teams until the very end. Who knows though—these rankings can and will fluctuate a lot before it’s all over.

Date Team AP Rank Coaches Rank
09/03/16 Alabama 1 1
09/10/16 Utah State UR UR
09/17/16 Stanford 8 7
09/23/16 Utah 28* 28*
10/01/16 Arizona State UR UR
10/08/16 Colorado UR UR
10/15/16 Arizona UR 46*
10/27/16 California UR UR
11/05/16 Oregon 24 22
11/12/16 Washington 14 18
11/19/16 UCLA 16 24
11/26/16 Notre Dame 10 9
N/A USC 20 17
*Not in top 25 but receiving votes

CommBro Breaker

Order has been returned, and power has been restored to the House of M. Sam Darnold’s biggest mistake in the quarterback competition was not changing his name to Mam Darnold or something. I hope you have a name change petition on your clipboard this season, Darnold.

My advice to fans that are fathers: better pick the right name for your kid if you hope for them to be a starting quarterback at USC.

USC Fall Camp 2016 Report 2 of -1

Monday’s practice at the Coliseum marked the final of the 5pm Fall Camp practices. That also means I won’t be able to attend and report on anymore of these. I’ll try to make the best of our short time together. Just kidding, I’m not going to mince words much this time. You’ll just have to wait until there’s more stuff I can write about.

The team came out in full pads and looked sluggish. During one on one drills, defenders had sloppy tackles. Daniel Imatorbhebhe absolutely embarrased one guy with his jukes and cuts. I’m not sure if he even managed to touch Imatorbhebhe. His burning cuts always look impressive. Hopefully he’ll get more consistent with his catches though.

The defense managed to redeem themselves a bit in 11 on 11 red zone drills. For the most part, they were stopping a fairly stagnant offense. They denied an offense for a substantial period. Eventually, both Max Browne and Sam Darnold were able to get a touchdown apiece. Before they could, though, Quinton Powell was heckling them from the sideline. Funny and all for practice, but I hope it doesn’t bleed into taunting penalties in live games…

…because they got enough penalties on their own. So many flags for false starts and other assorted garbage. It feels a little weird to see that many yellow flags fly during a glorified practice. Basically, the team did not look game-ready. Luckily, it’s practice number five and they have a lot of time to get their crap together. They’re going to need it because—in case you forgot—Alabama is up next. And they’re sure as hell not going to be in Texas to compare US News rankings or GPAs.

CommBro Breaker

Even if they did just show up to compare GPAs, y’all still may lose.

Useless Stat of the Day: University of Alabama’s acceptance rate is 51%. USC’s is 16.5%. They even beat us at that. Wait…Yup, the numbers check out. 51 > 16.5. Trust me, I was a Comm major.

Don't worry, I got you another sweet picture. It's totally not just the previous one reversed.

Don’t worry, I got you another sweet picture to distract you from my mathematics. It’s totally not just the previous one reversed.

USC Fall Camp 2016 Report 1 of 0

City of Angles and CommBro bring you firsthand information hot from the second fall camp practice. I got there late and left early though. Life obligations and stuff, y’know? That’s basically the same reason I dropped off the face of the Earth for a while. And sadly, that’s why I’ll probably only get to attend one more fall camp practice before the actual season starts.

It wasn’t an extended gag from the Finding Dory post carrying on over the past month, in case you were wondering. Sorry folks, didn’t mean for that much silence.

With these unfortunate circumstances, I have to ease myself back into this whole blogging thing. I mean, how hard can it be to barf onto your keyboard? Even your friendly neighborhood cat can do that. Even though we’re less than a month away from the big showdown against Alabama in the season opener, I find myself constantly trying to say “spring practice” instead of “fall camp practice.” Yup, don’t see any problems here. Don’t worry, I am so on top of this that I even managed to sneak in a picture despite the camera ban.

Some people call me a photoshopper. I consider myself a prankster.

I didn’t Photoshop, okay? Some people call me a liar. I consider myself a prankster.

At first, it seemed like quarterback hopeful Sam Darnold was sharing in my suffering on post-Spring transitions. Just when it looked like the other hopeful, Max Browne, was starting to get some separation and yank the starting job away, Darnold rallies and Browne stumbles. I am really starting to see why Coach Helton wanted to keep the competition going into Spring. I still don’t like it—but I understand it.

What I can understand and like is how Helton handled the little tussle that took place during the practice. Two players got into it in the right corner of the end zone, resulting in a serving of up-downs for the entire team as punishment. Or are they down-ups? Which came first: the up or the down? The chicken or the egg. Classic questions.

CommBro Breaker

I have long pondered the latter question and found myself in a deeper quandary. In either case, where did the rooster come from? Were they parallel pairs, both originating from eggs or fully formed? Maybe one started as an egg, the other fully grown. These dangerous ideas must be what drove men of old into book burnings. Absolute nonsense.

/CommBro Breaker

Their little up-down session will hopefully lead to a more disciplined team. That has been an area of weakness for the past several years. Life with the Pac-12 officials is difficult enough. Why encourage them with free unsportsmanlike conduct penalties? Make them invent penalties to fuel fan outrage instead. All part of that fun of a gameday.

Anyway, much like the first practice, they went with helmets and no pads so nothing too crazy happened. The highlights were Browne throwing a long touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster in the right corner of the end zone. It was one of those impossible grabs.

Darnold wouldn’t be upstaged, so he threw one to the same spot into the hands of Josh Imatorbhebhe. It was one of those well thrown floaters that no DB would be able to reach. But yeah, all the action was in the right corner of the end zone.

That’s all I got this time. Like I told you, I’m getting back into the swing of things. Stay tuned for more posts leading up to the match on September 3.