USC Morning Buzz

Last week we mentioned that college football analyst Phil Steele ranked USC No. 6 in his preseason magazine. Here’s the USC team pages from the magazine, where he says, “USC goes from a disappointing team to a Surprise Team.”

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  • gotroy22

    It’s a surprise anyone would rank this team #6.

    • Trojan Hoarse

      Valid question, but where would you rank them and why?……

      • L’Angelo Misterioso

        35-40. OL, QB and DB and depth are major areas of concern, not to mention a head coach who is a moron. This team could finish under .500 if they quit on Kiffin like they did at the Sun Bowl and I don’t see this team “surprising” anyone with a 12-1, 11-2 year.

        • Trojan Hoarse

          I agree with you on the unanswered questions at QB and DB, but think that their OL will be fine, and their QB’s (Wittek and Kessler) are both entering their 3rd year in the system, so I am cautiously optimistic…..Their DL’s and LB’s will hopefully shorten the field for their offense and the special teams are among the Top 30…..12-1? 11-2?….no, more like 9-3…..and the team has too much pride to quit this year…

          • L’Angelo Misterioso

            The d will be awful, it’s a patchwork coaching staff, no DB coach, it will get torched by every decent QB they face. An early loss to a clunker of a team and they will tank, look for 8-5 or 7-6, maybe worse.

          • Trojan Hoarse

            Thanks for your insight…There are certainly numerous talented QB’s this year in the Pac-12 (Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Oregon State), so I guess we’ll find out for more in about 80 days….

        • TrojanFan

          Remember, the x-factor is that Kiffin’s job might be on the line

          I’m sure he loves his house by the beach

      • B.Miller

        I rank them NUMBER 1 every year.. that’s why they call me a FANATIC!

      • gotroy22

        No returning starting quarterback and bad head coach returning to a team that quit on him last year makes us a non-top 25 team. It doesn’t mean one of the three aspiring starters doesn’t catch fire especially with the outstanding Marquis Lee at WR to throw to and our cream puff schedule, but you don’t rank them to begin the season.

        • Trojan Hoarse

          I have never liked pre-season rankings anyway….what purpose do they really serve?…..they should wait at least until week #4 before the teams are ranked, IMO…..

          • TrojanFan

            If you put your money where your mouth is, pre-season ranking are very important…. square!

      • TrojanFan

        Ahead of UCLA!

    • TrojanFan

      It’s just a subjective opinion and Phil has strong beliefs as to why he leans this way. The guy is one of the best in feeling the pulse of college football. He’s has been a consistent money maker for people in the betting world

      • ThaiMex

        TorganFag….you do realize ” ONE OF THE BEST”, Phil, the “money maker” had U Stupid Cheaters ranked at #4 last year when you actually finished UN!!!!! About that “Feeling the Pulse” nonsense, I suggest you take a look at “Coaches on The Hotseat” to get a better picture of SCUm football. Good news is….Coaches on the hotseat has you guys ranked #! !!!!!!!!
        fit UN Torgans!

  • Trojan Hoarse

    …….”disappoitning”……..seriously?……..

    • Trojan Hoarse

      Thanks for correcting your original post, SW…….

  • Golden Trojan

    8-5, 10-2, 7-6 the last three years… I suppose the pendulum could swing back.

    • Trojan Hoarse

      One would have to admit that the significant scholarship limitations and inordinate number of injuries (more than 20?) to key players have taken its toll…….Plus, their schedule is rather weak and it plays out nicely for the team to get their sea legs and build their confidence after the first few games…..

      • L’Angelo Misterioso

        And if they screw up even one of those early games the team could tank. Kiffin is known for fawking away games he should win. If you care about USC football, you may hope they blow so Kiffin can be shown the door, if he comes back for another year, it will just prolong the agony, he just isn’t very good at being a head coach.

        • Trojan Hoarse

          I’m too much of a USC fan to actually hope that they tank this year just be rid of their head coach, even Kiffin…..if he isn’t good enough, I trust that he will be let go…..It’s a make it or break it year, and he knows that….Question: I realize that it’s a bit premature, but who would you replace Kiffin with as head coach?….

          • L’Angelo Misterioso

            I don’t follow college football close enough to see who is out there, but there has to be a coach that is far better than Kiffin. The problem is that Haden wants USC to be Stanford and ND, so it probably makes no difference anyway. USC should be a monster is every sport, but they go cheap on many coaches and don’t do extensive searches, so you get what you pay for as well as what you look for.

          • Trojan Hoarse

            So now we should completely clean house?… not only does the head coach of the football team need to go, but the AD, as well?…..Let’s give some credit to the other schools, shall we?….Oregon and Stanford have been on a recruiting tear lately, and don’t underestimate either of the Arizona schools either……heck, even UCLA has stepped their game….

          • L’Angelo Misterioso

            What’s that got to do with Kiffin being an incompetent coach ? And where did I say the AD had to go ? Truth be told, Haden will sink USC faster than any AD they have ever had. He’s not going to like the recent APR number and that spells trouble for USC football.

          • Trojan Hoarse

            You clearly stated “Haden wants USC to be Stanford and ND, so it probably makes no difference anyway.”……if that is, in fact, the case, that would be another handicap to our success, no?….Therefore, get rid of the AD….And how does the APR spell “trouble for USC football”?…..Haden may not like the number, but A) It is well beyond the minimum requirement and B) It’s better than Cal’s…..we are fine with regard to the APR….do you honestly think with the amount of revenue that USC football generates that the coaches, let alone the university, will allow that (a poor APR) to happen?…think about it…you’re making a mountain out of molehill, man….

          • L’Angelo Misterioso

            Haden will not accept USC being 9th in the PAC 12 in APR, he just won’t. He’s a freaking Rhodes Scholar and has admitted that guys he played with had no business in college, he detests dumb jocks and he won’t stand for 9th ranked APR teams under his watch. You think Kiffin cares about the APR ? He majored in Leisure Studies at Fresneck State, he’s a freaking dullard who got where he is via his daddy and nothing else.

          • L’Angelo Misterioso

            Haden will not accept USC being 9th in the PAC 12 in APR, he just won’t. He’s a freaking Rhodes Scholar and has admitted that guys he played with had no business in college, he detests dumb jocks and he won’t stand for 9th ranked APR teams under his watch. You think Kiffin cares about the APR ? He majored in Leisure Studies at Fresneck State, he’s a freaking dullard who got where he is via his daddy and nothing else.

  • Trojan Hoarse

    I know that Wolf is a big fan of jersey numbers, so here goes….

    95 Kenny Bigelow DT 6-3 300

    4 Max Browne QB 6-5 215 FR

    21 Su’a Cravens S 6-1 215 FR

    22 Justin Davis TB 6-1 200 FR

    74 Nico Falah OT 6-6 285 FR

    29 Chris Hawkins CB 5-11 185 FR

    19 Michael Hutchings LB 6-2 215 FR

    27 Ty Isaac TB 6-3 225 FR

    22 Leon McQuay III CB 6-1 190 FR

    81 Steven Mitchell WR 5-10 180 FR

    52 Quinton Powell LB 6-2 220 FR

    62 Khaliel Rodgers OL 6-3 310 FR

    84 Darreus Rogers WR 6-2 210 FR

  • B.Miller

    KIFFIN WILL SHOW YOU REAL COACHING.. AND SURPRISE B*TCHES!

    • gotroy22

      Signed Layla Kiffin..

      • B.Miller

        Let me just smell your finger Coach and Ill sign!

  • B.Miller

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