USM’s QB was #1 in D1 with a .731 completion percentage. Mason was .646.
Mason is a BETTER QB but in most modern offenses, accuracy is a strong indication of success. They didn’t score against us much last year (7) but their QB had 318 yrds and that one TD was to Watkins for 44 yrds. Watkins returns.
And they held us to “only” 30 points - which is pretty decent but below our season average.
Let’s see how the season plays out because our Defense will need to grow up fast before we meet up again. We play them on the road the week after Houston. We lost most of our playmakers on D.
I have them as the West favorite, for the above reasons. But I do absolutely believe we can beat them. I do wish it was a little later in the season.