Social media reaction to USC’s win over Rice in Game 1 of the Lincoln Riley era

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This is gonna be fun. It will be messy on defense at times, but it will be fun.

USC opened the Lincoln Riley era with an offensive display which showed every Trojan fan what they’re getting on that side of the ball.

The combination of Riley’s scheme and play selection, attached to precision technique and carried out by ultra-fast skill players, will make a lethal combination as long as Riley is at USC. Talent, scheme, and coaching will be first-rate on offense. No one will need to worry about that side of the ball.

As expected in this opener against Rice, the questions mounted on defense. Nothing was particularly surprising about the way USC played. Calen Bullock, Shane Lee, and Eric Gentry — who were all very good in August practice and were widely viewed as some of the main leaders of this defense — made high-impact plays.

Depth on the defensive line was a problem. The pass rush needs a lot of work. Third-down defense was a first-half flaw.

You saw the game. Now see how USC fans and analysts reacted:

WIDE OPEN

SENSING A THEME HERE

CITY OF ANGELS: IN HEAVEN

ACTUAL COACHING!

THEN THE DEFENSE CAME ONTO THE FIELD

REALITY CHECK

THIS WAS INEVITABLE

COUNTERPOINT

IT'S DIFFERENT OUT HERE

THIS SEEMS GOOD

RALEEK-ING OUT OF THE BACKFIELD

THE CALEB WILLIAMS DIFFERENCE

HUSTLE

NEWCOMER, NEW IMPACT

HE KNOWS THE POSE

A TRUE LEE-DER

DETAILS

OMINOUS

GOOD POINT

Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire