The news that Southern Cal cornerback Isaiah Langley will be suspended for the team’s season opener against Alabama won’t change any betting lines, but it should give the Crimson Tide a nice little advantage.
Langley, per Zach Helfand of the Los Angeles Times, was arrested in May on suspicion of trespassing, intoxication and resisting arrest while on the campus of UCLA.
Langley appeared in 11 games last season as a true freshman backup, recording 12 tackles and a pass deflection. He is expected to “battle for key playing time” in 2016, according to his official school bio, and is projected by multiple sites to slot in as the Trojans’ No. 3 or No. 4 cornerback.
The Crimson Tide, whose roster features star rising sophomore Calvin Ridley, ArDarius Stewart, Robert Foster and grad transfer Gehrig Dieter, is widely considered to possess one of the nation’s deepest and most talented groups of receivers. Offensive coordinator and former Trojans coach Lane Kiffin now has an extra reason to relish this matchup.
Alabama and USC kick off Sept. 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.