Can USC’s 2013 Defense Match 2008?

CUSHUSC safety Dion Bailey thinks this year’s Trojans have a chance. USC is ranked No. 2 nationally in rushing defense (43.7 yards per game), No. 3 in sacks (4.0) and No. 4 in total defense (212.3).

The 2008 defense finished No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense, No. 2 in total defense and No. 2 in pass defense.

“It’s a lot different now,” Bailey said. “We play spread offenses. They played pro-style teams. We’d probably get more respect  than they did.”

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  • https://www.facebook.com/charles.bucket.3 Charlie Bucket

    so after playing two inept teams and one scatter armed, wild eyed QB (who beat you), young man thinks Southern Cal is the Steel Curtain???

    this is more outrageous than Shaq Evans’ comments!! yeah, you deserve more respect, kid!!

    • CardinalnGold

      He’s saying that IF they did match the 08′ team they’d get more respect because of all of the spread offenses they have to face. They’ve been playing 2nd tier competition but it’s still pretty obvious that their defense is legit.

      • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

        You can’t reason with a schizo

        • TrojanFamily

          don’t interrupt his straw man. It’s the one argument against whom he has a fighting chance.

  • Bill

    Which bowl did those records take them to?

    • NW USC TROJANS

      Did you not see USC bladt Penn State in the Rosebowl! 38-24, it wasn’t even that close. USC cruised most of the 3rd and 4th qte with the 2nd , 3rd stringerss playing!

      • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

        We all know that the bRuins have so much experience playing in BCS bowl games.

      • CardinalnGold

        Can’t blame him for forgetting about a January game played at the Rose Bowl. The bRuins lease always ends in November.

    • TrojanFamily

      Rose Bowl. Gorgeous New Year’s Day.

  • Bill

    Wait until Arizona St, Stanford, and UCLA lay 50 points and 650 yards on the SuC defense!

    • Trojan Hoarse

      Combined?

      • TrojanFamily

        Bill is pretty optimistic about USC (although he has yet to learn that a dictionary and/or spell check is his friend). I think USC would take 17 points and 220 yard against each. Thanks Bill, you are convincing me USC might have a dominant defense!

    • NW USC TROJANS

      You’re smoking crack again! Go back to the hole from which you crawled out of.

  • Golden Trojan

    Yeah it’s a little early to talk up the defense. Let’s see in a month what happens. It is amazing what a new coach can do with the same players.

    • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

      while its not safe to say that USC’s D is great yet, Clancy has definitely had an immediate impact for the better on the defense.

    • gotroy22

      If we luck out on the injury bug they could carry the team. The depth issue becomes huge later in the season when the harder games come up.

  • steveg

    Looks like the consensus of the local crack heads from jucla is that they won’t match 2008. Hang on guys, may be a whole lot of crow to eat. These guys on defense are deadly serious and very very talented and now they have the ability to use all their talent with Pendergast.

    • ProbationU

      Another Jew hating comment from Steve. Guess what Steve, there are actually Jews that go to SC too. And they know you are an a-hole too.

      • steveg

        Idiot, jucla has nothing to do with jews. Like in Junior College. Get a life.

        • ProbationU

          Nice try Steve….don’t you have a Klan rally to attend?

        • Trojan Hoarse

          I guess that JUCO transfers are considered to be offensive, too?

        • Ted

          nice spin…just admit it and move on…

  • RememberTheFreedomBowl

    2008 D Held Oregon to 10 Points and shut them out in the 2nd half. Most amazing 2008 Regular Season Stats: a) 8 Second Half Shutouts b) The other 4 games’ 2nd half scores were: A 2 Yard Drive after an INT Return (at Oregon State), a 15 Yard Drive after a Fumble (at Arizona), a last play TD at Stanford after Harbaugh called a Time Out to get in one final play, and a FG by Notre Dame who didn’t get their first 1st Down until the Final Play of the 3rd Quarter, finishing with 4 for the game……And this team was frickin #5 going into the Bowls. Biggest BCS Fraud of All Time matching Tebow against Oklahoma.

    • Ben Factor

      Don’t forget: 6 draft choices, 2 first rounders.

      So, you’re saying that it may be too early to anoint this 2013 defense? :)

      For Bailey, Kennard, and the older guys, it must feel so great, after being the labeled THE problem in 2012, and the weaker unit in 2011. So far so good.

  • Goatboy Kiffin

    2008 team was Pete’s most talented and could have been the best … except he had fat dumb Steve Suckisian calling the plays. That clown couldn’t even get a first down at OregonSt. Nice move Pete. Without Goatboy and Suckisian at OC , you win another 4 national titles.