You know how Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma - "Defense"! Mike Gundy is an Air Raid disciple but he 100% relied on defense to win him a championship yesterday. In fact, Riley and Leach(Oklahoma and Mississippi St) are also air raid coaches. Both of these coaches and Gundy have kind of gone to more run game in recent years! Look back on this past season in college football and some Big 12 defenses were top performers. No more 56-63 shootouts.
The Air Raid will eat you alive if your LB's are kind of built to be run stuffers and you have no other options or speed at safety to cover! Speed and more speed is what he will see in the SEC and started seeing in the Big 12 more as teams started actually trying to play defense. Note: Riley will not be the 1st Air Raid coach at Southern Cal. Also note: Murray, Mayfield, Hurts - all were incredible runners of the football! Will he get that type of player to come to Southern Cal or will boosters want the "laid back Southern California local hero kid who won't take off and run a bunch to be QB"? I'm betting they get more of the laid-back Cali kid who just wants to be a "fixture" in the pocket - because he likely went to a school where he was never under much pressure. St. Jon Bosco or Matter Dei or Servite, etc. Just don't think he will get the exact combo he will need out there. But, that's why you play games and why waiting and seeing is so intriguing.
Read this article from a Southern Cal University site: