— Washington Athletics (@UWAthletics) October 26, 2016
And remember in 2012, No. 2 USC lost to Stanford, 21-14. The Cardinal QB was Josh Nunes, who was eventually replaced by Kevin Hogan. USC could have beaten Stanford this year if its backup QB (Sam Darnold) had started.
Now why am I running Bovada’s latest Heisman Trophy odds with no USC players? Because I think it is interesting that Alabama QB Jalen Hurts is even listed as a candidate. See what happens when a coach decides to go with the freshman in Game 1?
Odds to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy
10/18/16 Current Odds (10/25/16)
Lamar Jackson (QB Louisville) 1/2 1/3
Jabrill Peppers (S Michigan) 9/1 15/2
Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson) 15/4 15/2
Jake Browning (QB Washington) 10/1 10/1
JT Barrett (QB Ohio State) 15/2 12/1
Jalen Hurts (QB Alabama) 16/1 22/1
Dalvin Cook (RB Florida State) 33/1 40/1
With the dreaded Thursday night game, here’s a few wrinkles to be aware of:
You can actually park on campus starting around 5:30 p.m. And you can reserve USC Transportation offers game attendees the ability to reserve a parking space in Parking Structure 1 (on Flower St.) for $29.50 per space. Information here.
Another option is the L.A, Convention Center Venice Lot between Figueroa Street between Venice Blvd and 15th Drive. Parking is $15 and includes a complimentary round-trip shuttle. The shuttle pick up/drop off locations are: 15th Dr. (North of Parking Structure) and Figueroa & Exposition. Information here.
Cal ran 118 plays last week against Oregon. The game took more than four hours. But — crucially — the game took place on a Friday night. Now the Bears play USC on a Thursday night at the Coliseum. That means any fans who work Friday morning could be pretty tired.
“It’ll be 1 or 2 a.m. (by the time I’m back from the game),” USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster said.
When the Pac-12 forced teams to play midweek games several years ago, USC asked to play Fridays because of traffic and work concerns. But TV contracts require Thursday telecasts and that creates hardship for fans who want to see the game and work Friday. Unless you are Miley Cyrus, who attended the USC-Cal game in 2014, also played on a week night. Full story on late finish here.