After one of the most extensive makeovers imaginable for a college football program, USC will put its new identity in the spotlight on Saturday as it takes the field for its spring game. With former Oklahoma coach coach Lincoln Riley now running the show and a deep cast of incoming transfers joining him, there is optimism that the 2022 Trojans will bear no resemblance to the 2021 squad that finished 4-8.
Immediately reversing the fortunes of a program coming off its worst season in three decades won’t be easy, though, and the spring game could offer some hints at where things stand. The offense is expected to be excellent immediately as the Trojans welcome former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams, who shined under Riley as a true freshman in 2021.
There are questions about the defense, however. The Trojans ranked 89th of 130 FBS schools in total defense during the 2021 season while allowing opponents to pick up 4.6 yards per carry. Six incoming defensive transfers from Power Five schools should help give first-year defensive coordinator Alex Grinch something to work with.
Ultimately, there is still a lot for USC to figure out in the months ahead before the Riley era officially starts. Saturday will be a progress report of sorts and another chance for the Trojans to generate hype as they write a new chapter in the legacy of a storied program.
Here is what you need to know for Ohio State’s 2022 spring football game.
How to watch 2022 USC spring game live
Date: Saturday, April 23 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum — Los Angeles, California
TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)
2022 USC spring game: Need to know
1. Running back rotation: The Trojans made a splash by landing former Oregon running back Travis…