I say this with respect but I believe you guys are wasting your time with the chance me questions/answers.
At the end of the day, none of us are qualified to give input on admission decisions. What works for one applicant might be a disadvantage for another. I can tell you my essays are excellent but they might come off arrogant to the Adcoms. As you can see there are too many variables to accucurately predict an applicant's chances. It even states in the letter from USC something how the discussions are lively and admissions are hollistically.
Either way, you guys already applied. Wait it out. A reaffirmation from a random person is not going to expediate the process. Best of luck to everyone.