The Best?

Is USC wide receiver Marqise Lee really the best player in the nation? No debate? What about that freshman quarterback at Texas A&M who beat Alabama on the road?

Well, USC boldly stated here Lee is the best. So it must be true. Just like Lane Kiffin saying, “stats don’t matter.”

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Rumor Mill

I would hesitate to respond to anything that starts with “Dan Patrick reported.” And Lane Kiffin denied Patrick’s report that Kiffin would hire Jeff Tedford. Considering there was a report Tedford turned down Colorado, I would be skeptical about him coming to USC. I hear Tedford might want to be an NFL assistant.

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One Less Excuse

USC’s 7-5 is even more surprising when you consider the Trojans were relatively injury free this season. Other than kicker Andre Heidari, there were not really any key players that missed multiple games.

And the big preseason injury — defensive end Devon Kennard — was a non-issue with Morgan Breslin’s emergence. So without injuries, it just illustrates even more why coaching was so important this season.

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Morning Buzz

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee said the Trojans are “upset” over their 7-5 season as the team waits to find out if bowls like the Sun, Holiday or Las Vegas will choose it. Link here

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Ratings Game

Last weekend’s game between USC and Notre Dame was the highest-rated college football game on ABC since 2006 and fifth-most watched regular-season game on any network since 1991, when ratings started being kept by the networks.
The game averaged 16,059,000 viewers and drew a 9.4 rating. The 2006 game between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Michigan averaged 21,037,000 viewers and a 13.0 rating.

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Paging Mr. Jones

Forget Manti Te’o, what USC needs is former linebacker Jarvis Jones.

  1. He leads the NCAA in forced fumbles (6, .6 per game) and is second in tackles for loss (19.5, 1.95 per game).
  2. Ranks fourth nationally with 1.05 sacks per game and leads Georgia with 10.5 sacks.
  3.  In SEC games, Jones ranks first in the league in sacks and tackles for loss.
  4. He led the team with a career-high 13 tackles, 12 of which were solo vs. No. 3-ranked Florida.
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Sun Bowl Scenario

Some bowl projections have USC playing Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl. Would an option offense just be one more thing to trouble the Trojans? Or does the fact Monte Kiffin coached at Nebraska in the early 1970’s make him an option expert?

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Petersen Available?

Here’s an interesting story from the San Jose Mercury News where Boise State coach Chris Petersen’s college coach thinks he might be willing to leave because of conference realignment. Link here

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Low Profile

We hear some interested candidates for the defensive coordinator are keeping a low profile until something is announced at USC regarding Monte Kiffin’s status. I’m sure former Cal defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, who I already mentioned might not even be considered considering his relationship with Jeff Tedford, is following developments.

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Morning Buzz

USC wide receiver Robert Woods said he did not believe there were chemistry problems within the team this season.

It was not frustrating at all,” Woods said. “I haven’t seen that at all with this team. I don’t think chemistry was a problem.” Full story here

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