More interesting questions on the Oregon game in this segment.
Q: gilligan said:
If USC beats Oregon, who big will this victory rank amongst USC? Thank you in advance.
A: I think it will automatically rank as one of the top victories of the past 25 years simply because Oregon is No. 1. USC’s defeated the AP-ranked No. 1 team only 7 times in school history and the last time was 1992 so the win is up there. But I won’t start ranking it over some of the classic victories over Notre Dame or UCLA that make up the tradition of the school or the bowl victories. So let’s say it’s a top 40 win if it happens.
Q: Ren Lopez said:
I’ve been hearing a lot about lack of conditioning being a problem for the defense. Why exactly is conditioning a problem? Are players playing more plays than normal in a game because of lack of depth? I don’t think we are having a problem with time of possession.
Also, what happened to Chris Carlisle? I thought he was always regarded as one of the top S&C coaches around and he got a lot of credit for the superb condition of the players during the National Championship years.
A: Carlisle is in Seattle with Pete Carroll. He had his fans and his detractors at USC. The conditioning is related to the lack of depth but I would be dishonest if I did not say I think the depth issue is overblown (mainly by the coaches). There are a lot of guys when you have 85 scholarships that stand on the sidelines and now there are less of those. But there should be enough to subsitute. How many guys need to play in the secondary normally? USC has enough there. And enough along the defensive line. The only thin spot is the linebacker position. So I think maybe they need to do more conditioning.
Q: I DIg Go Go Girls said:
Can USC hold Oregon under 50?
A: Yes. That’s a fairly low bar to hold the defense too. ASU did it. So can USC.