USC’s already lost a game it should have won this season (Washington). Will the Trojans win a game they are supposed to lose? They should be underdogs at Arizona and Oregon State.
Several USC players referred to the Oregon game as the Trojans’ bowl game while freshman cornerback Nickell Robey called it the, “Super Bowl.”
So how does USC recover from the letdown?
“That’s why you never heard me call it a bowl game,” Lane Kiffin said. “I’m not worried about our team. We will go back to work and not change what we’re doing
USC coach Lane Kiffin said tonight Matt Barkley “didn’t play very well.”
Kiffin also blamed himself by saying he did not call enough short pass plays to overcome Oregon’s frequent blitzes. Kiffin said he went for longer passes because he felt he needed to keep pace with the Ducks’ offense.
USC is a 7-point favorite over Arizona State on Saturday at the Coliseum.
Jeremy Bates was 1 for 16 on third-down conversions in the Caesarhawks’ 33-3 loss to the Raiders.
USC ranks 13th nationally in total offense and 98th in total defense. Despite that, I still feel the defense did its part last night against Oregon by forcing five punts. Oregon punted only 23 times in its previous seven games. Or 12 times in six games if you don’t count the Arizona State game.
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott told me yesterday that the conference spoke to Stanford about its clock operator and hired Mike Pereira, the former vice president of officiating for the NFL, as a special advisor to improve the officiating.
Here is this week’s ballot for the Associated Press top 25 poll.
USC gave Oregon a scare in the third quarter but the Ducks just kept their fastbreak offense going while the Trojans’ offense sputtered.
Matt Barkley on playing at the Coliseum tonight: “There is an advantage at home, but ultimately fans aren’t going to win a game for us. We have to execute and if we aren’t making plays it doesn’t matter if we are home or away we aren’t going to win.”