The Trojans lost their fourth game in triple-overtime to Cal, 34-31, with Herschel Dennis as the starting tailback. In that game, Dennis had 16 carries. Reggie Bush and LenDale White combined for six carries.
Apparently Pat Haden’s letter got to UCLA just in time, because UCLA linebacker Myles Jack withdrew from school and will enter the NFL Draft. It’s not a bad decision. But for the traditionalists, it is probably jarring to have someone do all this the first week of October instead of December or January. Will he show up on sidelines at any more games this season?
USC middle linebacker Cameron Smith and Washington quarterback Jake Browning were league rivals in high school. And now they meet again as true freshman.
“Jake Browning is awesome,” Smith said. “It’s my first game against somebody back home. I will definitely see him after the game and wish him luck and congrats on what he’s doing.”
USC athletic director Pat Haden sent UCLA linebacker Myles Jack a nice letter wishing him a full recovery from his knee injury. Jack shared the letter on his Instagram account.
USC’s odds to win the national title are 25/1 today according to Bovada. Last week, the Trojans were 20/1. Cody Kessler is now eighth in the Heisman Trophy odds at 25/1. He was also 20/1 last week.
Full national title and Heisman odds after the jump:
Steve Sarkisian faces his former team Thursday night at the Coliseum. Everyone knows that. But this will also be the first chance for Los Angeles-native Jaydon Mickens to play at the Coliseum.
Mickens was committed to USC for a year before he switched to Washington. Or got dropped by Lane Kiffin, which was speculated at the time.
“Some things happened with myself and Lane Kiffin,” Mickens told the Seattle Times this week, without elaborating.
UCLA coach Jim Mora said playing back-to-back Thursday games is a “complete injustice.” He also lamented starting school last week and the grind of missing school for games.
Is he right? Does it matter that he did not have to worry about school the first month of the season while semester-system schools like USC started in August? Is that an advantage to have no school to start the year?
Steve Sarkisian started school early at USC and late at Washington and said there are advantages and disadvantages to both.