When you're finished analyzing and reanalyzing the opener, criticizing the young quarterbacks here and the feeble offensive line there, praising the energy and aggressiveness of the new defensive scheme and questioning the overly conservative play calling of the head coach, the bottom line is this -- that was Hawaii on the other side of the line of scrimmage.
After taking part in their final tuneup at home in preparation for their Thursday night matchup at Hawaii, the No. 24-ranked USC football team left practice on Tuesday afternoon in a notably upbeat mood.
No. 24 USC, which stumbled to a 7-6 record in 2012, will look to start the 2013 campaign off on the right foot in Honolulu on Thursday when they face a Hawaii squad that finished last season with an even bleaker mark of 3-9.