USC Morning Buzz: 10 Things To Fix To Beat California

It’s time for this week’s column on 10 things USC needs to fix after last week’s game against Texas.

Excerpt: Fewer penalties, please: USC averages more than eight penalties per game. That ranks No. 105 in the nation. Do you think there will be fewer at Cal, where the offensive line will undoubtedly have a false start? It had several false starts against Texas at the Coliseum, which is almost inexcusable. Again, this is a coaching issue.

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  • Flint Crewneck

    Reminds me of when my sister used to ask: Why do they keep running up the ball up the middle? Why don’t they run outside where there are fewer players?

    • RoseBowlBound

      Your sister wanted it up the middle from me…

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        are you like 10 years old ?

        • RoseBowlBound

          You laughed…

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            no

    • Ray

      It would have helped if Jones tried to jump over the pile.

  • RoseBowlBound

    Fixing the Coliseum gates will help us beat Cal…

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      That would require USC hiring more security, do you see that happening ?

    • Evil Robot

      Hey, that’s coming from the guy who was moaning about being sick of people talking about the SC-Teaxas Rose Bowl… during the SC-Texas week, but is still talking about it in the “Things to Fix” column… 11 years later.

    • rusoviet

      The problem is the Rams are leasing the stadium and that further impacts renovation.

    • USC Heisman 7

      Maybe a new DN Trojan sportswriter might be the trick.. Im up for a new and approved USC blogger..

      • USC jojo

        The Daily news needs to trust their best guy and go with him.

        • USC Heisman 7

          Lol.. Obviously they are not..I come here to join USC fans to chat up USC.. The other BS isnt needed..

          USC is a young team with lots of upside, kids are playing earlier than expected .. The injury bug and no byes are my concern.. Can these youngster continue to learn on the job.. So far yes.. But if they are injured then what ..

          • USC jojo

            Lol Exactly!

          • Golden Trojan

            I suspect the Trojans will be better next year.

          • USC Heisman 7

            3-0 .. I still see USC running the table.. Cal hasnt played anyone… The 3-0 is really nothing to speak of.. USC has beaten Cal 13 straight 3 games Cal score 2 and once 30.. The other 9 have been under 17.. I see a huge ground game victory.. The two headed monster kill Cals defense..

          • Golden Trojan

            Make no mistake, this is a very good team that should go undefeated till the playoffs. Just thinking they will be even stronger next year.

          • USC Heisman 7

            Just think Jack Sears is much better than Sam.. But if Sam comes back which Im hearig he is .. Then USC should do great things in 2018.

          • gotroy22

            Sam is a phenom.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            Would YOU play for those 2 teams, even if they are in Northern Mexico ?

          • gotroy22

            Beats playing for Cleveland or for the Jets, right?

          • USC Heisman 7

            I vote Rams … But Its sounding like Sam will play another year ..

          • Gabby

            At least you will not have to go very far to see him play

          • 04Trojan

            Was that a typo? “Just think IF Jack Sears…”??? Or do you have proven knowledge of Jack being better than Sam? I mean, if he’s projected to be better than Sam, then that’s another win for us.

          • USC Heisman 7

            Many within my USC circle of influence see Jack as the guy with it factor.. Some have said he will be just as special or even better.. I have seen him in practice.. He will be special..

          • 04Trojan

            Good.

          • gotroy22

            Easy win Saturday in Strawberry Canyon.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            It better be, if not, look out

          • Gabby

            Look out for what?

          • 04Trojan

            2-headed monster? What if Rojo doesn’t play? Is it Ced’s time to be a big-time contributor and make that a new 2-headed monster?

          • gotroy22

            Not if Darnold leaves for the NFL riches this year.

          • USC jojo

            That’s why I come here also.
            Fight On

    • Rock2112

      Yep, this is a perfect example of why Wolf will never be Cowherd. A lack of attention to detail, or for that matter, proofreading. I am sure by the time he got to No.10, he forgot what kind of list he was writing, and just started venting about all the things that annoy him. And, I was at the Coli, walked right in when the gates opened. Anyone stuck in a mad rush right before kickoff has only themselves to blame.

      • USC Heisman 7

        It could have turned into his grocery list.

        Number #11

        Hot pockets
        Hot pockets
        And more Hot pockets
        Eggs
        Hot Dogs
        Chocolate ice cream
        Dorritos
        Fudge Nuggets

        • Gabby

          Dozen donuts

          • USC Heisman 7

            Lol

  • Old Trojans never die

    We will fix the penalties when the refs play both sides of the ball. Maybe it’s the color of the uniforms, after all they say red cars get more tickets, but the calls seem slanted in my opinion. Despite what Brutus Cortez says I am allowed to see what I see. In this case hands to the face needs to be called when it’s intentional and not just a ploy to move the ball for the opposite team. Pass interference is another call that seems to be used to help the other team and even though we do commit interference occasionally we get called way more often.
    Knowing that there will be a false start could be used to an advantage. have Sam bump into an opposing player to gain 20 or so yards on a roughness call.

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      Come on now, blaming the refs ? This has been on ongoing issue and it’s all about coaching

      • rusoviet

        What about your guard duty pull for ‘the peckerwood’?

        • CORTEZ THE KILLER

          Drunk already ?

          • rusoviet

            Whatever bruin boy

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            HAHA, you’re a drunken loser. USC season ticket holder since 1967 which was probably the last time your liver was healthy

          • rusoviet

            No…you are what you are a blue belly lover of the peckerwood…now go clean out his ‘faux’ commode…go on lover of woodie.

          • Michael Guarino

            Mister Killer isn’t worth this much attention, Alv……

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            Ah, did you have a bad morning ? Didn’t get a kiss from mommy today ?

          • rusoviet

            You’re right – I finally round filed his lame back end late yesterday –

      • Old Trojans never die

        Not from my point of view. With the exception of false starts and obvious stupid penalties (like fighting etc.) the coaches have no control over the tilt of calls. If you don’t like the coaches go watch Mora
        When I see the other defense mugging our receiver without a call, or the obvious holding, that springs a pass, that goes on I can’t help but wonder why there is no call. Then like it or not USC gets called on incidental contact and I have even seen a grounding call when the receiver was tackled at the line of scrimmage and the quarterback was outside of the pocket throwing a timed route. There is an imbalance of calls.

    • rusoviet

      If the slant is that we’re not being officiated properly well that’s probably true then again we get calls our way as well i.e. we got some calls our way against TX as well

      • ItsAllAboutTheBall

        Thought we got more calls than Texas did actually..needed every one

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      When was the last time we weren’t in the ranked in the 3-digits regarding penalties?

      We have been an undisciplined, stupid penalty leader since at least Kiffin’s first season.

      • Paul Muad’dib

        USC has always had a penalties problem. Be it arrogance or the refs having an anti USC agenda, it’s always been a problem no matter who the coach is.

    • Golden Trojan

      Playing another Pac 12 team, I expect more penalties against USC. That seems to happen. The refs one sided against SC in the Stanford game. But the same crew was light on SC with Texas.

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    If SC can’t blow Kal away, look out.

    Does Colorado beat UDUB ? Probably be cold and wet. Will ucla beat the Indians ? 0-2 for the Indians will end their season

    • USC Heisman 7

      Ucla will be embarrassed again by the nerds.. It will be fun watching you frauds and the frozen one lose on national tv…

      • Michael Guarino

        You have correctly answered Mister Killer’s question.
        #ItWillBeFunToWatch
        #UnlessYou’reNamedRosen

        • gotroy22

          He goes down this game and then prepares for the NFL combines

          • Michael Guarino

            If not down, definitely less than chipper…..

          • USC Heisman 7

            In a body bag with his nose in a sling! Lol

          • Michael Guarino

            It doesn’t make me happy —but a helmet can only provide so much protection for a certain feature on Josh’s face…..
            #CoachShawGetsFinedForNoseTargeting

          • USC Heisman 7

            Lol

    • gotroy22

      Stanford’s season is already over as far as the national championship playoff. The ruin season ended last week in Memphis making this the Crummy Game of the Week.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        One loss for Stanford doesn’t ruin their conference chances, they were never a national contender. ucla’s season was over before it started.

        Think Colorado gives the dogs a hard time

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        Who says a likely UClown loss is a crummy game?

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      Perhaps this group doesn’t remember that the Clowns took the injuns to the brink last year, a much better injun team and a much weaker UClown team.

      2 TDs in the final 25 seconds, to be exact, to win by NINE.

      Sadly, it wasn’t Rosey throwing the pick-6…

      • Michael Guarino

        Really good points (and, yes, I do remember). But, this time, Stanford (i.e, Shaw) knows it HAS to win —that makes them pretty fricking dangerous at home.

        • hoohoolianFUCLA

          This would be one of the few times I’m rooting for the tree-people. I read an idiotic story (SI dot com?) about final scores this week with stats. They have Love gaining only 120 in that game (a Stanford win).

          120!!! LOL against THAT D!!!

          I think he’ll go for closer to 260 — Shaw would be a fool not to run him 30 times with the way Chryst is playing. Scarlett should get 20 carries for over 100 as well! Old School, Shaw, Old School!

          The clowns are missing a few guys; Joleen Phillips rolled an ankle and DT Odighizuwa will be suspended for the first half because of a target penalty last week. Their monstrous Bull, Nate Starks, is out and so is SoSo. One real RB is all they have this week!

          The guy WE missed in 2013 but don’t miss today? Eldridge Massington.
          Now in his 5th year, he’s a bust. Bad choice, dude. Now you’re Baby Blue and Yellow for the rest of your life.

          • Michael Guarino

            Totally on the money analysis, all the way!

  • 04Trojan

    You’re kidding, right, Flow? #10? We’ll be playing in Bizerkeley. What do the gates to the Coli in LA have anything to do with what USC needs to fix in order to be Cal? In fact, what do the gates at the Coli have anything to do with the product the team puts on the field? C’mon, man. You’re really reaching here. Fishing to get Chaz Beefcake back for more comments? He’ll be gone until around the week of November 18th.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    “The past two games USC allowed a 3-yard touchdown pass to the same corner of the end zone. And the receiver was uncovered. Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said a safety was the culprit both times. What play do you think Cal will run if it gets to the 3-yard line?”

    Who says they need to get to the 3 yard line? Both of those play could have score a TD from their own 3 yard line (with minor tweaking) the way we responded on D.

  • USC jojo

    “Only an extremely unlikely 56-yard reception from Ronald Jones got the touchdown back as the half ended.” So it was not the legend of Darnold. I remember seeing H. Dennis line up in a single back formation with Bush and White on the sidelines. That was when USC was voted AP Nation Champion after beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

    • ItsAllAboutTheBall

      Are you referring to the Overtime Fumble on the 1 in 2003 at Cal H. Dennis?

      • USC jojo

        Really????

  • ItsAllAboutTheBall

    After constantly trashing Wilcox for the past several years…there is a very nervous blogger praying that Cal doesn’t pull the upset. Won’t be able to explain that one away.

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      After constantly trashing Wilcox for the past several years…there is a
      very nervous FAN BASE praying that Cal doesn’t pull the upset. Won’t be
      able to explain that one away.

      • Michael Guarino

        I don’t think we have much to worry about………

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    WTH is with people on this page always sinking to the very bottom of insult (calling someone a “bRuin”) whenever they don’t bandwagon YOUR idea?

    What is this, Facebook for 5-year-olds? (Yeah, kind of redundant…)

    I’ve been hit with that insult several times, by several people despite my handle and avatar, not to mention I have never posted anything but anti-UClown words and valid concerns about USC in hope that we wins championships at a rate that makes people forget the name Nick Saban.

    I am going to change my Avatar to show what I just wrote, in 3-foot letters, under my new hardwood floors: those 5 letters are also cut into the concrete of my driveway, marks all of my tools and is included in all of my passwords (or some variant). I have those 5 letter on my email address AND my freakin business cards, so don’t ever think I am a G.D.F. bRuin!

    How exactly did Cortez earn all the (seemingly) daily attacks? I have seen nothing; please inform me.

    Please ease up on the petty attacks on fellow Trojans.

    • USC Heisman 7

      Because many ie, chaz and owns come here with other aka blogger names and well you know the rest..Some bloggers are easy to figure out ..

    • Gabby

      Relax!….you got your panties all twisted.There is nothing wrong with good-natured banter. Cortez has earned his reputation.

  • Trojans 6942

    I think a pizza ATM at Seaver Residence Hall. Now that would help at the Cal. Game!

  • Paul Muad’dib

    1. Agreed
    2. Agreed
    3. Nope. Use timeouts when you need them. That way don’t have to do a 2 minute drill type drive.
    4. Agreed
    5. Maybe some false starts, but that’s it. Refs have an anti-USC agenda. Its obvious to anyone who watches the games.
    6. Agreed
    7. Be very greedy. If Greene catches the ball, this is a non-issue. But I guess Helton should have known Greene would volleyball the pass to the Texas defender…
    8. Agreed
    9. This is redundant. Same as 8…
    10. Really? This is just petty…

  • Michael Guarino

    Thanks to Scott, we’re probably assured of one Cal touchdown being scored on the OTHER side of the end zone.

  • crpcpt

    I so much agree on getting other receivers involved. I remember when Dwayne Jarrett was first taking over for Mike Williams. He dropped a few passes. But Chow had Leinart to keep throwing to him and he turned into a good receiver. if these young guys are good, they need to play. The injuries could be a blessing in disguise if it FINALLY gives some of these guys a chance to show what they can do. Let the injured players heal – we’ll need them for Wash St, and Notre Dame.

    • Michael Guarino

      Agreed —-but you’re forgetting ONE thing, crpcpt. Kiffin made Jarrett HIS project —-calling him out in the locker room and in the press, saying he was brought to USC to win games, not drop the ball. Jarrett responded big time to the challenge. One of the assistants needs to do the same with Velus Jones —with a little push in the butt, he could be our difference maker.

      • crpcpt

        Mitchell is hurt and Greene has been underperforming. Velus, Tyler and the others have to seize their opportunity when given a chance. And the coaches need to get on them to rise to the challenge. Great players meet the challenge like Jarrett did.

        • USC Heisman 7

          Pittman is playing on saturday..

          • Gabby

            Thanks for the update

    • ItsAllAboutTheBall

      And Williams dropped a lot of passes early on as well (K State in 2002)

      • Paul Muad’dib

        Yeah, but Williams was getting wide open when he was dropping passes. USC receivers this year are having more trouble getting open. But pass blocking has been bad so idk…

  • Linkster

    I will start it before Wolf blogs it:
    USC 35
    Cal – 14

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      you failed

      • Linkster

        what do you kill Cortez? brain cells?

        • EncinitasBruin

          Obviously a Neil Young fan. In this the man has good taste.

    • USC Heisman 7

      USC 40
      Cal 20