He remains a finalist for the Lott Trophy and will attend the ceremony Sunday with Clay Helton when it is given out. Among the other finalists are Peppers and Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen.
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Remember Ricky Town? The one-time No. 1-ranked QB in the nation by recruiting services who lasted a spring and small part of training camp at USC. Town, who probably is a faded memory thanks to Sam Darnold, is leaving Arkansas and going to transfer to a junior college. Town is a Steve Clarkson guy so maybe he will go to El Camino College, just like the Baby Quarterback (David Sills).
If Town wants to stay closer to home, there is always Ventura College or Moorpark College. He was the scout team QB at Arkansas, which should tell you something about the recruiting services.
Western Michigan’s P.J. Fleck, Penn State’s James Franklin, Colorado’s Mike MacIntyre, Washington’s Chris Petersen and Alabama’s Nick Saban were named finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award, which goes to the nation’s top coach.
Colin Cowherd obviously has no vote since USC is not included.
I ran a picture of Richard Nixon at the 1969 Rose Bow but forgot about this picture of President Warren Harding (center) at the 1923 Rose Bowl between USC and Penn State. The Trojans defeated the Nittany Lions, 14-3. OK, so Harding is universally considered one of the worst Presidents in U.S. history, but that is beside the point. Next to Harding is USC president Rufus von KleinSmid, who had his own issues that few discuss today.
Alabama opened as a 14.5-point favorite over Washington according to Bookmaker.eu. So I asked the betting service for the point spread if USC played Alabama in the Peach Bowl? The Trojans would be 10-point underdogs, so a 4.5-point difference.
Bama had to play vs one good QB all yr, got torched again by Chad Kelly. If Bama had to play USC now w Darnold at QB, I’d take USC.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) December 5, 2016
I don’t think Skip Bayless really cares if USC wins or loses. He’s no Colin Cowherd. So who would you take if USC played Alabama? One thing I notice about Alabama’s defense is it knows how to tackle. Sounds simple right? But have you watched a Pac-12 game lately? Tackling is a forgotten art in most conference games. Colorado, with a top 20 defense based on the stats, had some shocking missed tackles against Washington in the Pac-12 title game.
If USC played Alabama again with Darnold, it would be interesting at least. But a lingering question after this season is why the season opener was too big of a moment for USC? The players said it was but that should never be an excuse for USC. And it wasn’t exactly Clay Helton’s first game either after he coached most of last season. Oh well.