1. On the Dan Patrick Show, Sarkisian seemed to shrug off Arkansas State and claimed that the game would give him the opportunity to "rotate a lot of freshmen." Is USC overlooking the Red Wolves?
Lopez: USC is definitely not overlooking the Red Wolves. Especially with what happened a week and a half ago, the Trojans need to come out and get off to a fast start if they want to make it to the CFB Playoff, and that starts with the home opener. Fans are overlooking the Red Wolves but this is a great test for the Trojans defensively as ASU’s offensive is explosive. Sarkisian’s comments regarding playing a lot of freshmen against the Red Wolves I think should be interpreted that there are so many talented freshmen that will play from day one and Sarkisian will get to play a lot of them, especially if the Trojans blow the game open early.
2. Who (if any) on the Red Wolves roster is USC planning for specifically?
Lopez: Fredi Knighten and Michael Gordon. USC lost Hayes Pullard and Leonard Williams and ASU’s offense will create some offense for some of the inexperienced players that be playing in place of Pullard and Williams. I am interested to see how USC’s defensive line does against the o-line of the Red Wolves.
3. Is it more difficult for a defense to prepare for a multi-threat QB like Fredi Knighten when you’re practicing against a classic thrower like Cody Kessler?
Lopez: It is more difficult for a defense to prepare for a multi-threat QB like Knighten when your team’s quarterback is a pocket passer but for USC this year, the difficulty is not as hard as they can use Sam Darnold in the scout offense. Darnold is a true freshman who ran for over 750 yards during his senior season last year. I would say that Knighten is probably faster than Darnold especially since Darnold has four inches and 25 pounds on Knighten but it will be interesting to see how the Trojans defense does early against Knighten.
4. USC is a heavy favorite. If the Trojans are the Death Star, where should Red Wolves Head Coach Blake Anderson target his proton torpedoes?
Lopez: So you are saying that the Trojans are evil and everyone wants them to lose? Man, I feel sad. Anderson shouldn’t necessarily target torpedoes but should look back at Star Wars Ep. VI when the Ewoks defeated the dark side. Not saying that the Red Wolves are little bears, but you get the point.
4.5. Who’d win a Coal Miner’s Cage Match between The Duggars and The Kardashians?
Lopez: America. Final Answer.