The USC Trojans had an entire offseason to get ready for their season opener against Alabama. Apparently that wasn’t enough.
The Crimson Tide beat the Trojans 52-6 in Week 1. USC defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu told the Los Angeles Daily News’ Scott Wolf that the Trojans are approaching this week’s game against No. 7 Stanford with a much better mindset than they did the game against the Tide.
“The players are taking this game a lot more serious, knowing we are beatable,” Tu’ikolovatu said. “It was a big stage (against) Alabama. Maybe some of our guys mindsets weren’t there.”
So at least from one player’s point of view, the Trojans not only failed to realize they were beatable, but they also failed to really prepare for the No. 1 team in the country and the defending national champions like they needed to.
Wolf steps in to offer commentary at that point, saying, “Perhaps a book should be written on why USC players ever thought they were unbeatable or did not take the nation’s No. 1-ranked team more seriously.”
USC beat Utah State 45-7 last weekend. They play the Cardinal in Palo Alto on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.