The crosstown rivalry is a topic in this segment of reader questions.
Q: jasonrojas24 said:
Will the coaching staff consider moving to a 3-4 defense or at least a hybrid 4-3 due to USC’s apparent depth at LB, including recruits, and their lack of it on the defensive line?
A: I think you might see the latter with a 3-4 including a linebacker who moves up the line of scrimmage like Clay Matthews played his senior season. But with Wes Horton and Devon Kennard the starting defensive ends, I’m not sure Ed Orgeron (or Monte Kiffin) wants to start off in that type of defense. Especially when there are a lot of defensive linemen looking for playing time and guys like Greg Townsend are eligible next season. That is another one of the issues that can be experimented with in the spring.
Q: SCFTBL1 said:
Scott, what is your sense of an inferiority complex that bruin fans seem to have? This blog is continually filled with trash talk by these bozos, but when I read Jon Gold’s blog there are very few if any Trojans making any comments.
Recently when I have worn a Trojan shirt, I’ve had bruin fans come up out of nowhere screaming about going to the Kraft Hunger Bowl and unable to remember when fucla won a Rose Bowl game, even after the 50-0 embarrassment at the Coliseum. This seems to have become a common occurrence. I have been threatened with bodily harm before, during, or after every rivalry game at the Rose Bowl since the 1990’s.
The lack of sportsmanship and civility by these fans is disturbing and sad. Which brings me back to the inferiority complex. I have not seen a Trojan get in the face of a fucla fan and scream BCS, BCS or make ad hominem attacks out of thin air. The losses on the field have surely taken a toll on their egos. The lone win in this millennium provides little solace and reminds me of the old saying, “If can’t win on the field…win the fight in the parking lot”. It’s sad to see what the bruin nation has become. Have you had any similar experiences and what are your thoughts?
A: My general experience over the years is that UCLA fans use the USC game as a barometer of their season a lot more than USC fans. For example, the old joke goes that UCLA fans would be happy to go 1-11 if the one win is over USC. That might be an exaggeration but I believe they focus more on the crosstown rivalry game than their counterparts.
Regarding the comments, I’ve tried to set up the USC v. UCLA forums to keep things contained outside the normal course of the blog. As long as everyone is civil, I don’t mind if UCLA commenters express their opinion.