Questions in this segment about how many games USC wins, who wins the Pac-10 and Stanford’s ranking.
Q: uscmike said:
What are your predictions:
1. What is USC’s final record this year?
2. Who does USC lose to this season?
3. Who wins the Pac-10 this season?
4. Who wins the National Championship this season?
A: USC’s final record could be a lot of variations because the team’s played so inconsistently the first four games. I still think around 9-4. Oregon is the favorite but Stanford obviously looks like it could win the title too. I’ve got Alabama ranked No. 1 right now but I still think they will lose a game in SEC so maybe someone else like Boise State wins the title because of their easy schedule.
Q: shaneepoo said:
Why can’t Barkley throw a spiral on the longer range passes? It seems like his throws flutter a lot.
A: He always struggled with spirals and it’s an issue that has to do with footwork. I once asked Jeremy Bates (before I realized what an uninspired decision that was) why Barkley did not throw more spirals. And he said, “Peyton Manning doesn’t throw many spirals either.”
Of course, I was at USC a couple years ago when Manning showed up and worked out with some players and I can’t recall a single non-spiral pass. Thanks Bates.
Q: Trojan Conquest said:
I’m confused by your ranking of Stanford at number 9. I think they’re a top 5 team and might be in the BSC title game if they can get by Oregon on the road. Why not higher?
A: If they win at Autzen Stadium, they will be in my top 5 and it will take care of itself.