After enjoying a huge emotional win in the first game under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, the USC Trojans will now make a trip to South Bend this Saturday evening for a matchup against one of their traditional rivals, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
What may have been most impressive about the win over Arizona last week for USC was the fact that they were able to do it without their top performers on each side of the ball, as WR Marqise Lee and LB Morgan Breslin both did not take part in the game.
This week, they may be without those two again, plus another explosive player on offense, as Orgeron has listed both Lee and Breslin as questionable, and you can also add RB Tre Madden to that list.
Orgeron still considers Marqise Lee “questionable” for ND. Same for Tre Madden and Morgan Breslin.
— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) October 15, 2013
Madden is the team’s leading rusher, although against the Wildcats we saw the re-emergence of Penn State transfer Silas Redd who carried the brunt of the load out of the backfield with 19 carries in the second half for 80 yards.
Nelson Algholor also stepped in nicely as a number one target in the absence of Lee with seven catches for 161 yards and a score, so it’s at least comforting to Coach Orgeron to know that he has some talented depth to fill those holes.