This is the time of year when spin takes over to explain USC’s 7-6 record. During a Friday interview with Colin Cowherd, Matt Barkley attributed the Trojans’ struggles to scholarship reductions.
“Given the circumstances with less scholarships, it really affected the way we were able to practice. It really stunk,” Barkley said. “You can’t risk players getting hurt with tackling drills and you don’t have that depth that other teams do, and I think that really affected us.”
USC had 75 scholarships. Pete Carroll often used about 80 scholarships when he coached. LSU had about 75 this year. Does this really explain a 7-6 record? No. But it does eliminate the need to look at things that really ruined the season, like leadership issues and playcalling.