USC Morning Buzz: Here Are 10 Things To Fix Against Ohio State

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The Cotton Bowl is quickly approaching, which means it is time to list 10 things USC needs to fix to beat Ohio State.

5. Hire more honest coaches: USC running backs coach Deland McCullough was asked this week why the Trojans rushed for only 153 yards against a UCLA defense ranked No. 128 against the run?

“I don’t have a good answer for that,” McCullough said. “I give UCLA credit. They weren’t going to let us (run).”

It’s OK to admit there are not always easy answers. USC needs more coaches as secure as McCullough.

Wolf: Here are 10 things for USC to fix to beat Ohio State

 

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  • Sandy Underpants

    This again? Come on, gonna win by 4 this time. Wake me up when the clock hits triple 0.

  • LamontRaymond

    Weak, tepid stuff. Rojo flips the ball to the refs after every touchdown. Implying that the team doesn’t is just foolishness.

    • StokaNoka

      Agree. And course the things like the two fumbles they couldn’t recover were boneheaded, but the fact they need to “not celebrate after a TD”… that’s a key to winning the game? Really?

  • Pudly76

    Seems like Wolf doesn’t like the canned responses to his derisive and decisive questions,so he calls the answers dishonest? Really, coming from a guy who takes quotes out of context and is always painting a picture of a team in disarray, even though it has 11 wins. Of course the best way to beat Ohio st is to hire a coach wolf considers honest, and to do it before the bowl game…what a joke

    • Ignore_the_trolls

      I was going to post the same thing.

    • Peaceful Warrior

      If I was one of those coaches I would have Scotty by the scruff of the neck today an ask him if he needs any clarification on things. The man has no dignity. Imagine how Saban or Meyer would deal with Scott?

      • Pudly76

        Absolutely!

      • rusoviet

        I’d rather a sceptical 4th estate than the fawning guffawing lap dogs evident everywhere outside major cities in the northeast and far west. Winning has a thousand friends while losing is an orphan. OH St is going to be ready

      • gotroy22

        How peaceful of you.

        • Michael Guarino

          Apparently the “warrior” half of “Peaceful Warrior” got the better of his other half (i.e., the half that values “peace” and “dignity”).

  • Ray

    Hire more honest coaches before the Cotton Bowl? Huh? I agree about the celebrating though, its gotten out of hand.

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    I agree…but as my accusers note I am old school; first SC game 1951…Ohio St will be ready,guarantee it. They played extremely physical football teams all season long…it will be 4 quarters of relentless collisions.SC getting 1st downs will be critical,to keep their offense off the field and let SC defense rest and adjust….so,fight on all 4 quarters.

    • Pudly76

      Well said.

    • Pasadena Trojan

      SC used to be very physical on both lines. Sc needs to get back to that. That is through weight training and being relentless on the practice field

      • Yale O. Leftwich

        yes…like a heavy weight champ does not just shadow box and walk through, he must take hits to prepare for the slugfest, his body must toughen for the blows it will receive,and deliver

  • Fred Sampson

    Ohio States been an up and down team most of the season, but I know they’ll be fired up during the Bowl game, so If USC can’t run the ball, they might be in trouble

  • RegalTrojan

    I think this game will be about which team will out-physical the other, not about making a couple of cute plays or getting a few lucky breaks. My guess is these two teams will play the game like a couple of old-school teams with heated battle in the trenches, all-out pressure on QBs, and fierce efforts on stopping the run game. Oh yes, the heat will be on that evening. FIGHT ON!!!

    • Robert McLeod

      Hope I’m wrong about it, but I’m reading the same negative energies from Helton’s demeanor from his interviews this week as what I saw prior to the ND game. Let’s hope for the best, though.

      • RegalTrojan

        Ohio St and ND do share some common elements in that they have very physical OLs and DLs as well as running QBs, which are usually bad news for SC. Hopefully, Helton will get the team ready this time.

        • Lunderful

          Good point – between toughness and finese, touchness usually wins. This game gives me trepidation.

          • Brent4c

            When healthy we are fine. Stanford and Texas were both very physical. ND is an outlier…we had significant injuries, didn’t play well and got ambushed.
            That game is not the typical way our D plays.

        • steveg

          They were ready for Tate and he is a way better runner than Barrett. Tate still put on a show.

      • Pudly76

        You know they’re doing inhome visits and having to fly all over after practice? Helton himself was in Utah, Ohio and Hawaii on separate nights this week..maybe that accounts for a little worn out attitude during his pressers? Just thinking…

        • Robert McLeod

          I certainly hope that’s the case because we need him to be very high in spirit to lead our team for a victory in this game. What a huge game this is for us!

          • Pudly76

            I’ve seen pics on twitter of him in the recruits homes this week, very busy week for all our coaches and those at every school..

          • fast fred

            Is that your excuse? I guess the OSU coaches are not on the road–just hanging around and coaching up the team.

          • Pudly76

            Whoa there quick Dickie, I guess the part where I said “and those at every school” must something else on the moon, be here in reality it means they’re all doing it

          • steveg

            Reading comprehension problems? LOL

        • peter

          Few take into consideration what you pointed out.The fact is we recruit nationally.We fly from West coast. Unlike other teams that fly out of say Ohio, or Alabama to visit recruits.With the early signing date we have to do in homes before.
          This is all NEW.Coaches are learning the new normal as they juggle bowl prep

          • rusoviet

            The new early signing is the only thing new here and as noted it’s all across the nation. Nothing else is new we were in a bowl of equally national prominence last year.

          • steveg

            Then after the bowl they had until Feb 6th to travel and recruit. Now they have to touch all the bases before Dec 20th to make sure they are keeping what they have and see if new ones are leaning toward USC. It would be way different now. Twice as much work.

          • rusoviet

            Again it is the reality for all programs not just USC.

          • steveg

            No disagreement there, everyone is running around like crazy.

          • peter

            I differ. What is new is the coaches approach in recruiting. They have to in many cases close a player much earlier. Before they had January to close or flip.We the early with many highly rated they must close them and sign them BEFORE the bowl.
            I’m not saying I don’t like it,but the strategy is different now.

          • rusoviet

            That wasn’t my point – mine was that all programs are impacted the same

    • Michael Guarino

      I personally hope we mix speed & finesse into our power game, RT. If we mix it up (including throwing long on a couple of first downs in the first quarter), I think we’ll be able to exploit the same weaknesses that Oklahoma exploited in Ohio State’s second game of the season.

  • Pudly76

    Same day 2018 linebacker stops his recruiting visits 2019 linebacker decommits. DeGabriel Floyd to look elsewhere after Gaeteote reaffirms Trojan commitment. Looks like someone doesn’t like the competition.

    • StokaNoka

      But wasn’t he playing safety this year at his new school?

      • Pudly76

        Per 24/7 #3 olb, but he plays all over including rb & wr..

  • steveg

    USC defense is the key to winning. Offense will get its points, but if defense bottles up the OSU qb then game over. It is going to take a great game all around, USC passing will open the run again. The pressure USC applies on defense will disrupt Barrett enough to shut him down. If they can’t score, they can’t win.

    • Brent4c

      If SD takes care of the football we are fine. In all the games we haven’t looked all that great turnovers killed us. People on here keep blaming the coaches and ignore our lack of turnover margin (not because we aren’t creating them either). If SD doesn’t fumble or throw the ball to guys that aren’t open we are fine. Ohio St on the other hand has a very streaky guy under center.
      If he’s hot he is ok, but if he isn’t they really struggle on O.

  • Chris

    I always knew grammar was not the writers strong point, But his math may be worse. USC averages 35 points per game, which according to wolf, equates to seven touchdowns.

  • Chris

    SW math: 35 points = 7 touchdowns.

    • Linkster

      Yeah I got that too…

      • Michael Guarino

        Before criticizing Scott, check out the Cotton Bowl website —–TD’s count for 5 points, including point after.
        #smdh

        • Chris

          Nice! What a field goal and safety worth?

          • Michael Guarino

            I’m afraid the Cotton Bowl doesn’t recognize field goals, safeties …or two point conversions, Chris.
            #SeemsArbitrary

          • steveg

            I read that some years they do give a point or two for field goals. You are right, arbitrary.

          • Michael Guarino

            Putin called a press conference today to declare, “The whole world is laughing at Cotton Bowl scoring rules!”
            #ItHurts

          • steveg

            Hilarious!!

        • steveg

          Linkster checked all over the Cotton Bowl website and he couldn’t find anything about scoring 5 points per touchdown.

          • Michael Guarino

            It’s not easy to find, steveg. I hope he doesn’t give up. He just needs to stick with it.

          • steveg

            I sure hope he gets back with us when he finds it and lets us know how he ended up.

    • Globehead

      In rugby you get 5 points for a try. Maybe he was thinking of that.

      • Michael Guarino

        Actually….you could be right.

    • Paul Muad’dib

      Scott Wolf and his monkey math strikes again!

  • Mrhawaii

    If Gomer doesn’t stop all this sloppy play and “watch me-hollywood” BS, it’s going to be the Alabama game all over again. Do you think Urban Meyer would put up with this garbage? Cranky Old Man out….

  • Jethro G Sabbath

    So we’re supposed to make coaching changes before the Ohio State game?

    • steveg

      But only if they are honest.

  • USC jojo

    Can you imagine Jon Gruden saying, “The keys for USC to beat OSU are, hire honest coaches and no celebrating after plays.”

    • Sandy Underpants

      That’s how he won so many national championships.

      • steveg

        NC’s? Gruden??

  • Paul Muad’dib

    If USC plays to their potential, they should win easy. J.T. Barrett sucks. All he has are runs on broken plays. However I do feel that the refs will be looking for every little thing to call a penalty on SC, while Ohio State will be allowed to hold on offense and commit PI on defense. We’ll see how much the 12th man helps OSU…

    • steveg

      I would think they would have refs from the big12 or ACC do the game. God forbid they have pac12 refs do any games.

      • Kurt Gally

        It doesnt matter where the refs are from. They always call it slanted against SC. Its getting real old

  • David Keeling

    McCullough knows the reason alright why his RBs are not running up the middle with success and have to run around the end to gain more yards. But he isn’t going to tell any reporter the truth. Nobody on this coaching staff is going to point fingers.

    • steveg

      I don’t know if you have noticed, but Rojo has this season adapted to the run to daylight. His vision is better and now he sees when a hole is closing and where another is opening.

  • Golden Trojan

    Good points except #5.

  • steveg

    Guess they don’t teach math at USC? 49 Wolf.

  • bb

    Really Scott. Thats #5???

  • Arturo

    I like Pete Carroll’s philosophy about big games: Play within yourself, compete, limit mistakes. The team that makes the less mistakes will win. In their loss against Iowa, Barrett threw like three picks; Darnold’s costly fumble, along with Jack Jack’s, swung all the momentum in favor of the Irish.

    Put simply, the team with the least turnovers and mistakes, wins this game.

    The talent level is even pretty much.