Is there calm in a 3-point USC win over Utah State?

usc-keep-calm-shirtThe Coliseum seats aren’t as populated as they used to be, so it’s a little easier to pick out the latest popular T-shirt many of the USC sorority girls are wearing these days.

It’s that slimming red one with the gold letters that read: “Keep Calm and Fight On.”

It also might include “Mind the gap,” like the one that’s occurring between fans who find this Trojans football team efficiently sporting a 3-1 record today as the season reaches the quarter pole versus those who are more inclined to fill the place amped up for the wildly entertaining, numbers-driven, record-breaking contests of not-so-yesteryear.

Muted outcomes like the Trojans’ 17-14 be-thankful-for-not-a-loss victory over Mountain West juggernaut Utah State on Saturday aren’t going to lend any vital data that could be used in USC athletic director Pat Haden’s ongoing thesis that head coach Lane Kiffin is a dynamic play-caller. …

The rest of the column as it appears in today’s online and print editions …

Facebook Twitter Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Tumblr Email