The Blow Hard Weighs In

cowherd-clearWhere would USC sycophant Colin Cowherd be without the Trojans to talk about? Remember the big-name hire he promised last year? Neither does he because he never mentions anything again when he is wrong. So here’s his latest from today:

“You gotta get on the phone now. You’ve made a decision Lynn Swann . . . Clay Helton’s just not ready . . . It’s a bad staff. You gotta to clean house. You don’t have to fire him now but It’s just not working . . . You gotta make a move because there’s other jobs coming open like LSU and they’ll take the best candidate.”

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Some USC Road Stats

The last time USC lost its first three away games in a season was 2001. It lost  in the last 12 seconds to No. 7 ranked Oregon, 24-22; lost as time expired at No. 11-ranked Washington, 27-24 and lost at South Bend to unranked Notre Dame, 27-16.
After the ND loss, USC won in the last two minutes at Arizona, 41-34, and then routed Cal in a rainstorm in Berkeley, 55-14.  The coach: Pete Carroll.
The only one other time USC lost its first three on the road: 1899, with losses to Santa Ana Hight School, Pomona, and Santa Barbara AC.  They were 0-3 on the road; 2-0-1 at home. They did not have a coach. So some might say USC did not have a coach in 1899 and 2016.
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This Looks Like A Real Search

Look at the odds from Bovada on the next LSU coach. There’s Tom Herman and Jimbo Fisher. Already, a major difference from a USC search. Is LSU a better job? For some reason, Bovada stuck Lane Kiffin in its odds. Don’t bet on a turkey.

Who will be the next Head Coach of the LSU Tigers?

Tom Herman                             5/4

Jimbo Fisher                             3/1

Larry Fedora                             4/1

Willie Taggart                            6/1

Ed Orgeron                               9/1

Lane Kiffin                                12/1

Gary Patterson                          15/1

Chip Kelly                                 15/1

Bobby Petrino                           18/1

Art Briles                                   28/1

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Norm Chow Sighting

Former USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow spoke at the Pasadena Quarterbacks Club on Friday, the same day the Trojans played Utah. How many people asked him to come back to USC?

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USC Morning Buzz: The Schedule Gets Easier But Is That Good?

darnold-utah-2USC should be favored for the next four games (Arizona State, Colorado, Arizona, Cal). But in my analysis today, I write about the double-edged sword facing Clay Helton in these games.

Excerpt: “Saturday’s game against Arizona State starts a period of must-win games to salvage the season, make a bowl and ease talk about Helton’s future. Because if USC loses to any underdog, it could get even uglier for Helton, a nice guy who sometimes seems unequipped to deal with the nasty atmosphere that surrounds the program after a loss.”

Full story here

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USC-Colorado At 1 p.m.

The USC-Colorado game at the Coliseum will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Coliseum and be on the Pac-12 Network. This is what happens when you lose three of your first four games.

But Colorado is suddenly no pushover and this looks like a trap game. Buffs QB Steven Montez, in his first college start, had 468 yards total offense against Oregon on Saturday.

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Ed Orgeron Loves USC, No LSU

 

orgeron-lsuAt his press conference right now, Ed Orgeron said the LSU job “is the greatest job in America.” Didn’t he say USC was the greatest job in America?

If Orgeron is successful, Pat Haden might have to enter a Witness Protection Program. Or a better one than he is currently enrolled in.

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This Is Why You Don’t Punt

ucla-stanford-2016When I objected to Clay Helton’s decision to punt from the Utah 37-yard line in the fourth quarter, this is why: Saturday’s Pac-12 games. Stanford defeated UCLA with 24 seconds left in the game; Colorado interecepted a pass in the end zone with 48 seconds left to defeat Oregon; Washington beat Arizona in OT; Arizona State scored a TD with 48 seconds left; Oh, and Utah scored the winning TD with 16 seconds left.

Pac-12 games tend to go down to the final possession. So don’t assume your defense will make a stop even if Utah has to go 93 yards to score.

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