USC's offense is just like Michigan's. Their offenses are very comparable.
It's the defenses that separate the two. And I think Michigan's defense is
But first, comparing the two offenses.
USC's offense is almost just like Michigan's -- they are very comparable. USC averages 450 yards a game on offense - Michigan averages 457.
I think you're going to see a lot of passing in this game -- that's the
biggest offfensive strength of both teams. But for both teams, the running game
opens up passing game.
Looking at the two teams' running games:
As I said, both teams use the running game as a tool to open up the passing
Michigan averages 4.5 yards per rushing play, USC averages 4.6. And Michigan
averages 186.5 rushing yards per game, USC averages 163.2. Michigan basically has one back, Chris Perry. USC uses three backs --
Lendale White, Reggie Bush and Hershell Dennis.
For Michigan, Perry and the offensive line are such a threat -- that's why
Michigan is so successful offensively, including getting Perry ball on screen
passes as well as rushing.
For USC, Lendale White averages 60 yards a game, Hershall Dennis averages 53,
and Reggie Bush 40 ... they add to 153 per game, about on a par with Chris
The passing attacks:
Again, there are a lot of similarities
Michigan averages 270 yards per game through the air, SC 287.
Both quarterbacks, John Navarre and Matt Leinart, have thrown 9
interceptions, which is good.
Once again in this game, Navarre will be throwing it to Braylon Edwards and
Jason Avant ... and don't worry about Avant, he's healthy. And USC's defensive
backs are not the strength of their defense -- we'll say more about that
But Leinart will have success too. The Pac 10 defenses are only average, not
as good as the Big Ten's or some other conferences'. But SC has solid passing
attack. They have the same concept with their passing game as Michigan. They
have two good receivers in Mike Williams and Keary Colvert. Williams is their
main guy, averaging 102 reception yards a game.
Michigan tends to score most in the first two quarters (except in the
Minnesota game of course). And the Wolverines will hope to jump to an early lead in
this game as well. USC also scores more in first half -- one could argue that's
because they jumped to early leads against their weak Pac-10 opponents and
then put in their substitutes.
There are a couple differences in the offenses.
One significant difference is time of possession. The Wolverines average 32
minutes a game in time of possession, SC 29. ONe can argue that the reason for
this difference is that USC has scored quickly on the Pac-10's weak defenses.
The other significance is in third down conversion, where Michigan is an
excellent 49%, to USC's 37%.
Both teams should score, and I think it's going to be a high scoring affair. But, I think Michigan's offense is a little better than USC's.
Tomorrow: Ouimet compares the defenses.
"It's going to be a high scoring affair."
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