Lane Kiffin said it was possible USC would be a more dangerous team against Oregon because the Trojans are going to be motivated coming off a loss.
I tend to agree but probably for a different reason: I’m not sure Kiffin could handle being ranked No. 1 in the preseason or enjoyed the burden of high expectations. His often-tight persona does not lend itself to a loose, high-flying drive to a BCS title.
He’s more of a stiff, CEO type that would rather grumble about distractions than make sure his team doesn’t care about them.
So that is why USC played better last season: No pressure.
Lane Kiffin’s refusal to spike the ball and try to gain 18 yards to set up a field goal made no sense for another reason: Arizona QB Matt Scott was hurt so if there was an overtime, the Wildcats might have been stuck with their backup.
There definitely is some unfinished business as USC left Arizona Stadium with a season in tatters.
Like why an offense featuring so many marquee players can be so inconsistent? Or why its coach is so averse to playing to win on the road? Or how a team with so much talent leads the nation in penalties?
Marqise Lee said he was not tired during the second half but it looked like USC went away from him. Can you blame it on a Cover 2 defense?
Lee was still open whenever USC threw to him. But this also exposed the inconsistency of Matt Barkley. If he hits a wide open (and we mean wide open) Robert Woods down the sideline for a touchdown, the game is over.