USC reached its low point three weeks ago in the aftermath of a humbling loss at Notre Dame.
The Trojans have since pieced together three consecutive victories, capturing the Pac-12 South championship Saturday with a 38-24 triumph at Colorado. Several reasons explain the turnaround.
Running back Ronald Jones has averaged almost 200 rushing yards per game, providing an explosive and consistent presence in the backfield. The Trojans’ defense has been formidable, tallying 13 sacks and forcing six turnovers in the past three games.
Then there’s Sam Darnold, the third-year sophomore quarterback who has also enjoyed one of the best stretches of his