Last week as the College Football Playoff rankings were updated, there was a lot of discussion over whether or not USC should be in contention for a spot in the playoff. That talk died down a little bit this week as the Trojans were locked out of a shot to play for the Pac-12 championship, but there are still plenty of analysts who suggest right now USC is among the best teams in the country. An in-season quarterback change to Sam Darnold is a big reason why, and now the Trojans passer is saying USC could go toe-to-toe with any team in the country.
Darnold was a guest on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday, during which he was asked if he would to be an intern for a day. Darnold was also asked about the Trojans, who ended the regular season on a hot streak and have crept up the rankings as a result.
How good is this USC team? How would the Trojans do if they got a second chance to play Alabama, who demolished the Trojans in the season opener in Arlington? Darnold stayed away from saying “We want ‘Bama,” but he did not lack confidence in answering how USC would play against whoever line sup against them in the postseason.
“I think we can play with any team in the country. I think we proved that over these past several weeks,” Darnold said. “We’re just excited for any opportunity that comes.”
Darnold went on to discuss a number of other topics like his family in Hollywood and more. We may also have a new nickname for Darnold; Captain Hammer. Well, we’ll see if that catches on.