USC Morning Buzz: Washington Can Sleepwalk To Pac-12 North Title Next Season

USC.WASHINGTON.2016.2Some of you think I am too critical of USC. Well, Washington should be glad I do not cover them. I’ve already mentioned what a travesty I think their non-conference schedule is next season: Rutgers, Montana and Fresno State.

Rutgers is the worst team in the Big Ten. Fresno State is so bad it brought Jeff Tedford out of mothballs and Montana is . . . Montana.

If you want a reason to cheer USC, UCLA and Notre Dame as a group, it’s because they are the only three schools in Division I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision) teams never to play a Division I-AA school (Football Championship Subdivision).

Further, Washington does not play USC. Gets a bye. Has UCLA, Oregon, Utah and Washington State at home. Who cares what Huskies turned pro early with that schedule?

I’ve always applauded Washington’s hiring of Chris Petersen and always criticized Pat Haden for the way he handled his interview of Petersen. But it could be a long season hearing pundits fall over themselves talking about what a great job Petersen is doing next season. With that schedule, who wouldn’t?

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  • Helen

    It’s not about you Mr. Blogger.

  • CP2016

    “Some of you think I am too critical of USC.”

    No, I think you are a troll monger. You look for the negative in everything just to get clicks.

    • Hector of Troy

      Critical is good any balanced reporting will at times be critical. The month of September was a train wreck. Baldy never acknowledges any current positives.

    • Uncle Rico

      I can think of 11 teams in the Pac12 that are glad Wolf does not cover them. Critical is fine as long as you give a team props when they succeed. Troll Monger is perfect title for Wolf.

      • Uncle Rico

        Also wasn’t it Wolf who said making judgments on schedule strength in January was Idiotic? His short term memory is shot.
        #losingit

        • Uncle Rico

          Posted just 6 days ago
          “USC Morning Buzz: Why Do People Say Schedule Is Tough In January?”
          So you can only judge other teams schedules in January but not USC’s. Unless of course if fits the “critical” Wolf narrative.

      • Helen

        I can think of 13 teams in the Pac12 that wouldn’t want the Blogger to “cover” them.

    • gotroy22

      And here you are clicking away, Garry Bleauz.

  • 04Trojan

    Personally, I think Washington is pretty average. And Flow, furthermore, who says Stanford can’t turn it around after a decent year?

    • YOLO 4 SC

      Stanford is still the tops up north IMO

      • 04Trojan

        I see it.

        • steveg

          The freshman they will have coming in at RB is a bull. He could be a handful for defenses.

          • 04Trojan

            I thought their RB from last season was supposed to be a stud?

    • David Keeling

      You know Stanford is not going to stay down long. They recruit too good of players every year. If they get their QB playing well enough…..

      • 04Trojan

        Truth. Especially the last 8 years or so – They always seem to hang around, even in their “down years.” Which pisses me right off. I HATE Stanford. I live in Stanford country. So I’ve had to deal with the “fans” coming out of the woodworks during their rise. I prefer them to be the doormat they were before Harbaugh came through.

  • Hector of Troy

    The USC news on NSD will start early. 5 Star OT will commit at 9am.

    • VICTORY FORMATION

      5 commitments
      4 flips
      3 Blue Shirt announcements
      1 surprise announcement.

      • Jack B

        Hope you are right. Sounds a little too good to be true, no?

        • VICTORY FORMATION

          4 recruiting sites are reporting this. So I really don’t know.. From what I was told privately ..We should close very strong! …

          • Hector of Troy

            I’m hearing at the end of the day SC will have 4 or 5 5 star recuits and a class that fills the OL and DL needs with immediate help in the trenches.. The DL could be “epic”.

          • steveg

            If that is the case, a lot of people will need to rethink how they feel about Helton. He is building a solid TEAM, not just a group of stars like Kiffen and Sark did. This is the way to build the dynasty, talent everywhere.

          • David Keeling

            I will be one of them steveg, gladly. But I had to see a little proof of where this was going.

          • CardinalnGold

            I agree that a solid team is built in the trenches. I hope the staff can develop these big boys into beasts.

          • VICTORY FORMATION

            Its looking that way!

          • LamontRaymond

            are those on signing day?

          • Hector of Troy

            Yes at the end of the day on NSD

          • Sas…A.K.A…SamBam

            Aubrey Solomon would take this DLine from memorable to Great if he signs but he’s a hard one to read right now. I’ll be evenly surprised and disappointed if he doesn’t come to SC. Helton and BKU just visited him out in Georgia and it sounded like we are on the head to head with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan. My thing is Kenechi Udeze has been selling his personal experiences of playing for USC/NFL/The Lifetime relationships and connections that he was able to receive for attention SC, etc that should gave Solomon’s AND MOM’S attention…..then the right here right now Rose Bowl Champs (Epic Game), #3 team in the nation who is theeee buzz to come back strong next season for a run at the NC, and Clay Helton who doesn’t do magic tricks like sleepovers/go-carts by being the honest/no BS, family man who will be here for years to come should only have to be himself in Solomon’s living room and Aubrey/MOM should take that all in and weigh it and USC beats Michigan all day………….TO BE CONTINUED………….

      • YOLO 4 SC

        Maybe Aubrey Solomon – WoW – could be a Dline for the ages

      • Hector of Troy

        It looks like you’re reading some of the same source materials I am. I’m hearing 22 locks, That USC gets at least one of 2 5 star DT with a better than even chance of getting both and a very good chance as you say a surprise nobody is expecting. 23 spots total with 3 blue shirts if needs.

        • VICTORY FORMATION

          I read all recriiting site and the ask my intel.. He shared pretty much the same. But also added 1 may be a longshot but he liked his OV as did his father… We shall see and hearing no staff changes but we are adding 3 coaches ie, one is a recruiting gem!

          • Hector of Troy

            I have worked from home the past several years on NSD. This year I’ll do the same. It could be wrapped up early.

          • VICTORY FORMATION

            I’ll will be working from home as well.. Looking forward to a big deal.

        • Sas…A.K.A…SamBam

          OT Austin Jackson will be a USC Trojan, I’m not worried.
          Jackson is a 5-star in two.of the four services. SC will have a really strong group of OL in this class, on paper one of the best we’ve ever had.
          Joseph Lewis is #1 WR by ESPN, and a 5-Star by at least two of the four so that’s says a lot about his reputation or his evaluation. He’s gonna be a Trojan.

          Barring any last second change of heart Jay Tufele will join Marlon Tuipulotu. His Utah visit sounds more like a show of respect since he was one of the players pushing Tui to SC. That makes another big time get, and UTAH will hate USC more than ever since Gustin, Masina, and now Tufele all left to play for the Trojans.

      • Eastern Ave.

        Thanks for the Intel!

        • VICTORY FORMATION

          Welcome!

      • Pudly76

        Pola Mao is still committing this Friday? Any body else gonna pull the trigger early?

        • VICTORY FORMATION

          No idea.. But seems like we are getting a former USC player coach back from the NFL. Local So Central LA guy.

    • Eastern Ave.

      Thanks for the updates, heaven forbid the big city blogger would actually provide inside USC information…
      Unless of course a middle age man taking pictures of
      T shirts at a college bookstore applies?

      šŸ˜€
      Football is fun!

  • VICTORY FORMATION

    This past season was not short of Washington beat teams who couldn’t get out of their own.. Something I agree with SW on this years schedule makeup as well..

    • 04Trojan

      Mostly why I feel the way I do. Their schedule was weak last year too.

  • Pasadena Trojan

    Scotty, Reminder, just like all teams, Washington scheduled these teams years ago. Peterson was probably not around when they were. With ugly, they play so bad, you might want to consider them a 2A school.

    • VICTORY FORMATION

      The schedule design was under Sark’s watch.

  • Jack B

    Too bad you’re always out of the loop Birdcage. We don’t need you here at USC. Trojan fans supply recruiting info and balanced perspective.

    You feed the Trolls and live in your Debbie Downer world while Trojan football finishes #3 and wins yet another Rose Bowl – and is on the way to another top 10 recruiting class which covers all the bases.

    Too bad for you and your Troll friends Birdcage.

  • CP2016

    Also, what does their out of conference schedule have to do with winning the Pac-12 title? Oh, NOTHING!

    They still have to go through a difficult Pac-12 schedule. Does SW think Stanford is just going to lay down at home against UW?

    • Helen

      Just to state the obvious – non conference games don’t count in determining the conference champion.

      • gotroy22

        Another misdiagnosis by the Dr. Rachel Maddow of Inside USC!

    • gotroy22

      It has a lot to do with making the national playoff which is all that matters, Garry Bleauz.

      • CP2016

        Weird how the NC wasn’t mentioned once in the post. It was titled “Washington Can Sleepwalk To Pac-12 North Title Next Season”. Anything else for today?

        • gotroy22

          I didn’t say it was mentioned in the post. But certainly a certified sports junkie like you would know that UW was dinged for a weak OOC strength of schedule. I could make the difference in who goes to the Rose Bowl next year. If UW wins the Pac 12 championship over SC, for instance, but it is dinged for a weak schedule then it goes to the Rose Bowl instead of SC.

  • SCgrad12

    If playing Monday Morning QB was an Olympic Event, Wolf would be a triple gold medal winner. It’s always easy to be right after the fact.

  • Golden Trojan

    The Play off committee need to define who qualifies for a play off spot, nonconference games must include at least one Power 5 team and one non Power 5, and no FCS teams.

  • LamontRaymond

    It’s not a problem that you criticize your alma mater – that’s what you’re paid to do. It’s your reluctance to call a spade a spade and recognize the positives when they occur that makes you a bit of a click-baiter, troll. When many of your readers (not me, necessarily), come back to your blog solely for breaking news from the comment section, it’s an issue. But keep doing what you do, scottie! why not?

    • David Keeling

      I agree. It seems Wolf puts up posts mostly for a reaction more than a good topic to discuss. Maybe he isn’t giving us enough credit you think?

    • Pete

      Your correct. Might as well. It’s all about the clicks. SW might be laughing all the way to the bank.

  • David Keeling

    While I am not defending Washington’s non-conference scheduling, let’s remind Scott Wolf these schedules were made years back and Rutgers used to be a pretty fair team when Greg Shiano was HC there. Actually a better program than what Washington was back then when this was arranged. You get it SW?

    College football needs a level playing field in scheduling: #1- no Division 2 opponents or your team is disqualified for the playoffs. #2- The same number of conference games (8 or 9) each season and #3- You schedule at least 1 tough non-conference opponent. Maybe down the road when the Big5 conferences breakaway from the NCAA and hire a commissioner, these rules will be implemented.

  • Kingfisher

    Comparing USC v. UW and Penn State this year, the talent gap between USC and UW was apparent, but Penn State seemed on par talent wise. Anyone know what sanctions Penn State actually incurred in the end? I know most were lifted early. If nothing else, Kiffin (and Sark) recruited well but it still took several years just to get near full strength and we are still not there yet. How is Penn State back so quickly? O’Brien/Franklin v. Kiffin/Sark helps, but that does not explain talent and numbers.

    • Michael Guarino

      Really astute post, Kingfisher. I was worried about the Rose Bowl game because, position for position, each of the Penn State players ran a half second faster 40 than our guys. In fact, on paper they lined up better against us than any team other than Alabama.
      #TheNCAAWasOnlySeriousAboutHurtingUSC

    • UCLA Dynasty

      Just goes to show you that covering up assaults on children isn’t nearly as problematic to the NCAA as maintaining the indentured servitude of the current system.

      • Kingfisher

        Indeed. I was pleasantly surprised that Baylor finally came around when Briles was fired.

  • VICTORY FORMATION

    Just learned Brent Musburger is retiring.. He was not a fan of USC, but always did a descent job in the booth!

    • UCLA Dynasty

      Two things you could count on in a Musburger broadcast: you’ll know the line and there will be a mention of the co-eds in the stands.

      • VICTORY FORMATION

        Lol.. True!

  • Fred Sampson

    Washington is not going to sleep walk through anything, because Stanford is still in the north . And as long as David Shaw continues to sign top interior lineman, then they will stay relevant.

  • Pac12 fan

    Not sure where wolfie gets this. Stanford will challenge UW easily in the North next year. Although their recruiting class isnt big they got some stellar recruits

  • Pac12 fan

    I dont see UWs path is any easier than USC

  • Pudly76

    Great article about Tuipulotu on 24/7, this kid should be the real deal, 5a state champ in wrestling as a junior, 2 ints, and 9 fumble recoveries and much more. Must be quick as a cat….

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    Huh? Oh…where were we, lets see,oh , I think Stanford comes back. If the q/b who broke something in the bowl game is 100%, they are dominant with wash and wash st close by….Oregon will try…SC better not overlook wash st…need big time pass rush to bother him…