USC coach Pete Carroll was asked today about the Pac-10’s bowl record and focused on Oregon State.
“You saw an Oregon State team come alive this season. They had a slow start, got going, and played great football throughout the year, and for whatever reason, that game for us was one that was not respected in a sense, and Oregon State proved that anybody who thought that was wrong about the year they had.”
Turnovers could be a critical part of tomorrow’s game. In Pete Carroll’s first five seasons, USC’s margin was between plus-1.3 and plus 1.6. But in the past three seasons, it’s dropped to plus-0.3, plus-0.2 and plus-0.4.
It’s now 4-0 for the Versus Conference in bowl games. Too bad it does not make up for the 0-4 on Sept. 13 against the Mountain West Conference, especially from USC’s perspective. That helped keep the Trojans from earning national respect and being a serious top-two contender. Now the pressure is on Caesar to avoid being the only Pac-10 team to lose.
Penn State holds its rally today at Beverly Hills High School at 3:30 p.m. The Nittany Lions band and even Joe Paterno and the football team are scheduled to appear. Parking at the high school is free (but limited).
USC coach Pete Carroll spoke a little bit more today regarding Stanley Havili’s situation.
“In the system of accounting for the grades, it took a long time for his grades to get through. Three of our guys are in the same situation. One reason or another. It took
awhile. He came up short units-wise, so he can’t play.”