USC's Middle Eight Problem
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USC's Middle Eight Problem

Erik McKinney17 days
Article written by:Erik McKinneyErik McKinney


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Utah Utes wide receiver Devaughn Vele (17) catches a pass for a touchdown at the end of the first half against USC cornerback Chris Steele (8) during a college football game between the Utah Utes and the USC Trojans on October 9, 2021, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The middle eight, the two four-minute periods on either side of halftime, has become a focal point across football over the last few years. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is credited as the first coach to draw attention to it and gameplan around it. This season, the USC Trojans are serving as additional proof of its importance.

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