USC Morning Buzz: Pac-12 Needs Boost For College Football Playoff

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The state of Washington imploded last weekend and the Pac-12 is picking up the pieces. I look at the Pac-12’s playoff chances, some frustration with Larry Scott and a big loss for the conference in my column here.

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  • Pete

    Melvin Durslag is rolling in his grave.

  • RegalTrojan

    Look, SC can’t control the whole conference and what other teams are doing because we’ve got our hands more than full dealing with the Domers this week. And the truth is everything would be moot if we lose this Saturday, so I would try running the table first before worrying about the teams that are hundreds of miles away if I were SC and anybody involved with it.

    • Powerhouse SC

      Yeah, right! Who cares if we’re out?

      • Trojan Dynasty

        It’ll be ADIOS from the PO if we lose this Saturday!!!

        • gotroy22

          Yes first take care of what we can control in South Bend and then consider going independent later. This pathetic Pac 12 conference is dragging SC down.

          • Trojan Dynasty

            Great thinking!

          • 88 Straight

            What league is WSU in? Utah? Yes, the league is down which means SC should be dominating. UCLA is an embarrassment. SC’s inconsistencies are of their own making. Teams that play well consistently get rewarded.

          • gotroy22

            I agree, you ruins are a consistent embarrassment and should follow the lead of your sister school in Santa Barbara and drop football.

          • 88 Straight

            Nice try at blaming the league for dragging SC down. Yes, the Bruins are beyond crappy, but we aren’t blaming someone else. Looks like you have learned scapegoating from your hero.

          • gotroy22

            Don’t avoid the issue that the ruins should follow the tradition of other SJW UC schools and quit white patriarchal misogynist sports like football and field a badminton team. Your hero would be proud.

          • 88 Straight

            Who’s my hero this week? I lose track.

            We know you like Steve Bannon and Richard Spencer.

          • gotroy22

            Don’t be coy, we all know know your heroes are Harvey Weinstein, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen and Hillary Clinton.

          • 88 Straight

            We know what you signed up for.

          • gotroy22

            We know that the Russian nuclear bribery investigation reveals that Russia routed millions to the Clintons .

          • gotroy22
          • gotroy22

            General Kelly just destroyed you and your cowboy wearing clown.

          • 88 Straight

            Sure he did. Try listening to the entire statement. Your bias doesn’t allow you to see the nuance in his words. General Kelly is far smarter than the President he serves. I hope he continues to protect the nation from him.

            How does one wear a cowboy? And who was wearing one? Or are you just going with your favorite member of the Village People?

          • gotroy22

            You ere so nuanced you voted for Obama twice,You’ll believe anything including that swamp cowboy.

            IBelieveFullLibLoonFrederica

          • 88 Straight

            You’re so fact deprived that you don’t recognize that the country was in far better shape at the end of 2016 than it was at the end of 2008. The cowboy is Trump, your version of Harvey Weinstein, except that Trump holds the nuclear codes.

          • gotroy22

            You are so fact deprived from watching Mediacrats spoon feed you DNC talking points that you actually think Obama didn’t do all he could to destroy America.

            Obama doubled the U.S. debt in eight years to 19 trillion dollars, gave us the unworkable and soon-to-be-repealed Affordable Care Act that quadrupled monthly premiums and gave us seven years of anemic economic growth with record labor non-participation.

            With the help of the crook Hillary Clinton he ignored Iran’s Green revolution to wither and die while making a deal with the mullahs that will allow them to go nuclear , ignored North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, made failed policy resets abroad, gave Russia 20% of American uranium reserves, left 4 Americans to die in Benghazi and lied about it, and left the Middle East in ruins.

            The southern U.S. border was largely unenforced and millions of illegal aliens streamed into America to sign up for all the goodies. Immigration law was deliberately ignored to increase Democrat voting rolls.

            He demonized the police and used isolated incidents and inaccurate media reports to deliberately exacerbate racial tensions to a level not seen in 50 years.

            Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs was mired in scandal, and some of its nightmarish VA hospitals were awash in disease and unnecessary deaths.

            Yes the facts show you are a deluded kook.

          • 88 Straight

            Obama doubled the debt? Try reading the Constitution and learn about who controls the purse strings. How was the economy doing in 2008? Unemployment? The stock market? Mr. Amnesia.

          • gotroy22

            You mean the promise Obama made from a White House meeting called the “Fiscal Responsibility Summit” on Feb. 23, 2009 was yet another lie?

            “Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office,” Obama said. “Now, this will not be easy. It will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we’ve long neglected. But I refuse to leave our children with a debt that they cannot repay, and that means taking responsibility right now, in this administration, for getting our spending under control.”

            It’s pretty clear Moochelle had no problem spending taxpayer money so she could guzzle $100 bottles of champagne and chow down pn beluga caviar. Obama set the modern record for goofing off at the golf course with 306 rounds while having no discernible swing or athletic ability. But If I was married to Moochelle I would escape every chance I could also.

          • gotroy22
          • marvgoux1

            Wait a minute, on the very week Hillary is on her Blame Everyone For My Blowing The 2016 Election Book Tour, you have the nerve to say someone else is scapegoating? You have no shame and no brain, f uuclan.

          • 88 Straight

            Didn’t realize the discussion switched to Hillary. I don’t pay any attention to her.

          • marvgoux1

            Sure you don’t fu uclan, besides the Hillary 2020 on your Volvo.

          • 88 Straight

            Don’t forget that I’m smoking my pipe, wearing a cardigan with sleeve patches and kicking back in my Birkenstocks.

          • Pasadena Trojan

            88, not true,
            cal was left out of the bcs back in 04 because of texas’ coach begging to let them in instead. Cal did nothing to promote themselves. Boise St. destroyed Bama and Okie but they were not given the green light to play in the bcs games.

          • 88 Straight

            PT, I’m not sure what you are talking about here. I am aware of the Cal vs. Texas discussion, but I was never referring to that in this thread. GoTroy and Marv went off on a political tangent when I was discussing football and nothing about Cal.

            Back to the original point. I was stating that the PAC-12 is not dragging SC down. SC’s inconsistent play is what is hurting SC. SC does have a slight chance for the playoffs, starting in South Bend. Win out, play consistently and have some dominating wins and that will take care of itself. Troy was blaming the league.

          • gotroy22

            Sure you were, and Pasadena Trojan caught you in yet another lie. “Teams that play well consistently get rewarded” simply isn’t true. I will enjoy when you ruins rain boos down on your stinking team at Homecoming Saturday.

          • 88 Straight

            You are on a roll today. It isn’t a lie, but you can never allow yourself to be wrong, in spite of considerable evidence to the contrary. One thing that is obvious, is that we weren’t discussing Cal and Texas. Keep going on one of your diatribes. It must be a slow day for you. Good thing you are paid by the hour.

          • JustOwns

            Fake F**k’g news.

          • gotroy22

            Poor Owns, the Russian conspiracy he wished and hoped for all those nights watching the unhinged leftist kooks on PMSNBC comes true and it is that Russia routed millions to the Clintons ! You must have a black cloud follow you around.

          • Michael Guarino

            Ha! Let’s just say you wouldn’t wanna be standing anywhere near Owns if you were at the O.K. Corral shootout…..

          • marvgoux1

            Was Just Owns ancestor Ike Clanton?

          • Michael Guarino

            Ike Clanton —-that lovable character in the movie, “Tombstone”? The one the audience applauded Earp for scratching with his spurs?

          • marvgoux1

            Yes, Just Owns displays the same character as Ike.

          • gotroy22

            You mean the Fake National Barack Channel that told their own reporter they would not publish his expose of Hollywood Democrat kingpin and Hillary pal Humble Harve Weinstein? And now we find out Hillary’s best pal Linda Bloodworth-Thomason warned the Democrats about Weinstein years ago. You must be proud.

          • fast fred

            I guess you weren’t around in “56 or “57 when UCLA and Southern Cal blew up the old Pacific Coast Conf—Did they learn anything from that stunt?

          • gotroy22

            SC should have left then.

  • Fred Sampson

    The PAC 12 has a weak commissioner, and many average coaches, and programs who play finesse football. Thank goodness for Cal hiring Justin Wilcox, because he brings defense, and a tough attitude to a soft conference. And btw, Wilcox’s defenses looked horrible at USC, because Steve Sarkisian’s offense left the defensive out to dry, it was always either three downs, and out, or he team scored too fast against extremely weak opponents.

  • steveg

    Perhaps the only time I ever agree with the blogger is when he rips on the stupidity of Larry Scott. That guy is a money grubbing moron and has done nothing to enhance the PAC10. Did they really need Utah and Colorado? Just to be Pac12 with friday night games?

    • gotroy22

      Remember when college football said they would NEVER play on Friday nights to honor the sanctity of high school football?

      • Grammymb

        Yeah right. Total BS.

    • Fred Sampson

      No, but there was a trend going on at the time, so all the ten team conferences, thought it was cute to go to twelve

      • gotroy22

        Larry was supposed to deliver a Pac 16 that would
        include Texas and the Oklahoma schools but that never happened.

        • Fred Sampson

          Just as well it didn’t happen, because with a conference like that, all the bottom feeders, like Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah would never see the light of day

          • marvgoux1

            You forgot fuucla on that list of bottom feeders.

          • Fred Sampson

            UCLA has the potential to be a contender based on their geographic location, but like USC, they can’t seem to hire the right people to take it to the next level. I keep hearing about Scott Frost going to Nebraska, but if I were him, I’d opt for the job in Westwood, if it becomes open.

          • marvgoux1

            Great potential never realized since 1954.

          • Pasadena Trojan

            They backed into that 1/2 of a championship since they did not play a blow or bowl game that year. Ugly sucks.

          • gotroy22

            They beat #7 USC 34-0 so I’d say they earned it.

  • Tebow_Obama

    No amount of “boost” is going to level the CFB playing field for the PAC 12 when the elite teams in the SEC, ACC B1G and Big XII are all allowing, if not encouraging their players to use PED’s. Last years playoff game between Alabama and Washington was a joke. Alabama defensive backs and WR’s were as big as Washington’s Linebackers. I’m surprised Washington was able to keep it as close as it was. We all saw how Alabama destroyed USC, the Crimson Tide were just too big and too strong for the Trojans to handle. Or when Oregon got dismantled by Ohio St. a few years ago in a playoff game, again, Ohio St. players were just too big, much too strong and fast for Oregon to handle. The PAC 12 has always been the goodie two shoes conference and seeing how the Corrupt NCAA looks the other way about PED abuse in the SEC, ACC, B1G and Big XII…the PAC 12 can forget about making any more playoffs and it’s just as well because the PAC 12 would just get embarrassed by the bigger, stronger and faster teams who’s players are all juiced up.

    • Fred Sampson

      Those elite teams you mentioned also have the attitude of building teams from the inside out, Oregon got manhandled by Ohio State, because they couldn’t control the line of scrimmage, and this after dominating their own conference. So as long as the PAC 12 continues to hire finesse coaches, then we won’t be bringing any National Championships to the west coast. The good thing is, that Oregon, and Cal recently hired coaches, that bring physical toughness to the conference… Finally!!

      • Michael Guarino

        I once heard a trainer of a finesse boxer tell his guy in the corner, “It’s boxing, yes, but it’s also a FIGHT. Get it? A FIGHT!”
        You’re totally right, Fred —-in football, it never hurts to be physically tougher (and meaner and nastier) than the competition. Especially up front.
        By the way, have you noticed how Deland McCullough has the running backs playing with major attitude? That’s what coaching can do.

        • Fred Sampson

          Yeah, Deland McCullough is the only coach on that staff who’s not personally linked to Clay Helton, Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, or Pete Carroll, which is why he brings a totally different attitude to USC .

          • Jethro G Sabbath

            From what I’ve seen, McCullough has been an outstanding hire.

  • Brent4c

    How come when SEC bottom feeders rise up it shows the strength of the conference but when a middling PAC 12 teams wins a game unexpectedly it’s an indictment on the weakness of the top teams?

    • Fred Sampson

      Media plays a big role with that

      • Brent4c

        Bingo Fred. I don’t understand why the PAC 12 doesn’t take a more aggressive approach w the media and their narrative regarding the PAC 12? When Miss St has a decent team every 10-15 years they rise quickly into the top 5. When a Wash St etc has a decent team (which is more often then Miss St) the narrative is it’s just Wash St. I would hope our commish would cultivate some media ties to pushback and call out this glaring inequity.

        • Fred Sampson

          The conference reflects the weak leadership from the top, the PAC 12 is getting linked, because Larry Scott is a limp, wet noodle

          • Lunderful

            He’s unusually careful, protecting his exorbitant salary.

          • marvgoux1

            Remember his background is in Team Tennis.

          • Paul Muad’dib

            I’m starting to suspect that Larry Scott was selected in order to sabotage the pac 12…

          • Michael Guarino

            Sabotage? Not the whole Pac 12, Paul. Larry’s aim (when it comes to sabotage) is a lot more focused: USC.

        • Pudly76

          It’s also because the pac 12 is independent of cbs, or espn or fox the biggest ncaa football providers and the ones who promote the most. Bet you don’t hear much USC vs nd this week on either of those station’s promos. Just nbc this week, heck the pac 12 won’t even promote this game much.

    • Paul Muad’dib

      You are spot on sir. It is just east coast bias spinning anything to make the pac 12 look bad. SEC is so boring they have to make stuff up.

  • LamontRaymond

    Wow, that column lacks substance… not up to your standards, Scottie. Think a bit more about these topics before committing them to paper.

  • Saul Goodman

    PAC 10/12 football has always gone as far (nationally) as USC can take it. The same can be said in basketball with regards to UCLA/Arizona.

    For better or worse, that’s the way it is and always will be. Those schools (in their respective sports) should only rely on themselves for their national aspirations.

  • peter

    USC plays Notre Dame Saturday. Does anything else matter this week.? WhO will be back from injuries?

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Well, Wolf is pithy today.

    I am surprised to see only 1 of 19 posts so far attacking him/his post.

    I don’t disagree with much of anything in his column, except that Tate is not a viable candidate for the Heisman — but I don’t think Wolf was serious about that, only that Tate has had 2 Heisman-worthy games out of two.
    …and that would be 2 more than Sam Darnold this season.( NO, I did NOT just say Sam Sucks!)

    • Gabby

      Wolf for Pulitzer Prize!

      • Michael Guarino

        He’d spit on it and give it back, Gabby…..
        “There are no prizes or ceremony in my house. I won’t allow them. Better to offend a stranger once than myself every day.” —–Montaigne/Wolf

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        I doubt it.
        While the Pulitzer, like most “prestigious” awards (Oscars, Nobel, etc.), are a bigger joke than NCAA “fairness, honesty and integrity” these days, Wolf isn’t promoting the “proper” sort of BS.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    “I’ve got to talk to (Pac-12 commissioner) Larry Scott,” USC safety
    Chris Hawkins said. “It seems like he doesn’t want us to win.”

    Totally.

    You don’t see the SEC commish trying to hurt Alabama to make Vandy a quality team, but then the SEC commish isn’t Larry Scott.

  • Old Trojans never die

    The PAC12 gets no respect? Look at their network they are the only “big” conference that allows itself to be treated the way they are by the providers. Look at their schedule. Look at their officiating. Look at their commissioner. I could go on but you get the idea.
    USC needs to be independent and stop worrying about what the rest of the west coast is doing.

    • JustOwns

      If the bozos go Independent they could cheat with impunity.

      • Lunderful

        JustOwns……..hate.

        • gotroy22

          But I thought libs like Owns were supposed to be caring and not be mean-spirited?

      • RegalTrojan

        Does college football need SUCLA? Not really. LOL!

        • Pasadena Trojan

          Do you mean ugly has a football team? Now, that is a laugh.

      • gotroy22

        NCAA rules don’t apply to ND and BYU? You really are back on the sauce.

      • Pasadena Trojan

        Squatter, who are the bozo’s? You have never answered that question that I have asked many a time. If you don’t know, which is likely, then stop using the word until you know what the heck you are talking about, bonehead.

  • marvienna

    One problem that needs to be fixed is having Pac-12 games that start at 10 PM EST or later.

    The Pac-12 is often seen as a pass happy offense conference. Some of those games can be exciting and can be entertaining to watch on an afternoon.

    But no one will care about a shootout that they didn’t see because it was going on at 1 AM in the morning on a Saturday night.

  • Brent4c

    Interesting tidbit. ND has a great rushing offense vs bad teams. Well over 1,000 of their rushing yards have come against Miami of Oh., BC and NC who are 6-15 combined. Not so much vs Mich St and Georgia. If our D line and linebackers keep gap integrity I don’t think ND can move the ball through the air. Now if they get 3-4 PI calls in their favor then who knows?

    • Michael Guarino

      Which raises the question, Brent4c —– who are the refs for this game? Which conference are they “representing” —-Sorry, I meant coming from? Is it a mixed crew?
      P.S.
      If Marshall is gonna interfere with every receiver going long, at least he can “make it count.”

      • hoohoolianFUCLA

        Great point. If it’s PAC12 refs, Advantage Notre Dame.

        • Michael Guarino

          Ha! [I’m laughing —-but we both know you’re right]!

      • fast fred

        Per their arrangement, Pac-12 refs in south Bend, Big Ten refs in La La Land.

        • Michael Guarino

          Thank you fast fred! [Now, all I want is the professional resumes of each member of the Pac 12 crew they’re sending —-along with recent bank deposit records]……

    • SCgrad12

      Brent, I have a feeling it’s going to be a long night in South Bend. All ND has to do is identify where John Houston is and run right at him.

    • Paul Muad’dib

      They will be chucking the ball up on play action towards Biggie’s direction in hopes of multiple PI calls. The refs will have ND’s back.

      • Michael Guarino

        What’s money for?

      • fast fred

        So that’s the reason SC will lose, the refs–not sanctions, no bye week, injuries—did I leave anything out?

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Just curious how the best AD in the conference can operate 10 million in the red? Also curious if Nebraska would consider trading ADs?

  • LAfan

    If USC finishes with only 1 loss and wins the PAC-12 Championship game they’ll be in the playoff. As Pete used to say, when USC wins the polls take care of themselves.

    If they lose a second time they don’t deserve to go.