USC opened the season with a 30-13 victory over Hawaii, but the Trojans struggled to get anything going through the air. And it appears the quarterback battle will continue into Week 2. All reports out of Los Angeles this week seem to signal Cody Kessler will get the start this Saturday, but Max Wittek is expected to play.
Kessler started at quarterback and completed 10 of 19 throws for 95 yards and one touchdown. However, he also tossed one pick.
Wittek played in relief, completing 5 of 10 throws for 77 yards. The sophomore also averaged more yards per attempt (7.7).
Although neither took a step forward in the quarterback battle, USC can win a lot of games this year without a dynamic passing attack. The defense was solid in the opener and will get better with more time to adjust to new coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s system. Also, the team can lean on a deep group of running backs to carry the offense until a quarterback emerges.
USC faces an improving Washington State team this Saturday, which should provide a good test for Kessler and Wittek as the quarterback battle continues to play out for the Trojans.