No Moves

USC coach Pete Carroll said he will not move any players to offensive line or cornerback.
“There’s no one to move (to the offensive line),” Carroll said. “And we have (cornerback) Vincent Joseph and Cary (Harris) might be back this week.”

Line Update

An MRI revealed offensive guard Chilo Rachal sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee. Pete Carroll said he did not know how long Rachal would be out. Carroll said center Kris O’Dowd would be probably be out two-to-three weeks, but that was not an official decision.
Carroll said cornerback Shareece Wright is also expected to be out two weeks with a strained hamstring.

Another Poll

USC fell from first to fifth in the Sagarin ratings that are supplied for the BCS rankings, which do not consider margin of victory. The other USC (South Carolina) is No. 2 in those same ratings.

More Penalty Talk

Washington coach Ty Willingham was asked about USC’s 16 penalties.
“If I’m their coach I’m alarmed with that many penalties,” he said. “But at the same time I think our guys were playing and forcing some things. We probably could have got, they had 16 penalties? We probably could have got 32 on just holding alone because I think our guys were being aggressive and working and forcing them to do things.”

Penalty Box

USC’s 16 penalties was not a school record, it just felt like one.
“There might be every penalty in the history of college football called tonight,” USC coach Pete Carroll said.

You Didn’t Know Why

Why did John David Booty play perhaps the worst game of his career? Because he could not grip the ball properly.
“When it was about to come out, it slipped off my fingers,” Booty said. “It’s really weird. It was kind of windy out there but the ball was really slick.
If my memory serves me correctly, Matt Leinart complained after a close win at Arizona State that the heat caused the ball to become slippery and made the grip tougher. Must be a quarterback code of honor thing.