Big Change To Public Attending USC Training Camp Practices

USC just announced that only two football practices will be open during training camp: July 29 and 31. According to USC, “A new NCAA rule makes August a recruiting dead period.” So that is why only July practices are open. Regular-season workouts are closed to the general public. If you have some juice, of course, you can be admitted as a “guest of USC.”

Practice dates after the jump:

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USC Has Second-Best Odds To Make College Football Playoff

USC and Florida State trail only Alabama in Bovada’s latest odds:

Four-Team Playoff Odds (From Most Likely to Least Likely)

Will Alabama make the 4-team playoff?

Yes      -250     (2/5)

No        +175     (7/4)

Will Florida State make the 4-team playoff?

Yes      +140     (7/5)

No        -180     (5/9)

Will USC make the 4-team playoff?

Yes      +140     (7/5)

No        -180     (5/9)

Will Ohio State make the 4-team playoff?

Yes      +150     (3/2)

No        -200     (1/2)

Odds for other teams after the jump:

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Will USC Go Undefeated? It Has A 9.5 Percent Chance

I learned something new today: There is a computer formula called the Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI). Is it legit? Who knows? But it’s July and they are using their formula to project the chances of the five teams with the best chance to go undefeated.

USC is No. 4 at 9.5 percent. I don’t do computer rankings but I agree USC has less than a 10 percent chance of going undefeated. I’d say less than 5 percent. Here’s the top five teams:

  1. Alabama 42 percent
  2. Ohio State 38.2 percent
  3. Wisconsin 11.2 percent
  4. USC 9.5 percent
  5. Clemson 9.1 percent
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Morning Buzz: USC Offers A Quarterback . . . From Alabama

USC must sign a quarterback for the Class of 2019 so it offered a scholarship to Paul Tyson from Trussville, Alabama. He has offers from Duke, Oregon, North Carolina State and Kentucky. Who has not offered him? Alabama. That’s not a great sign. But maybe USC discovered something about the Alabama native that Nick Saban did not.

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Sightings

Former USC linebacker Hayes Pullard held his third annual football camp this weekend at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles. Former USC wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee were among the former players in attendance.

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It Never Ends

LaVar Ball didn’t like the officiating in a club game yesterday, so he got a technical foul and then pulled his team off the court, forfeiting the game. I bet the UCLA coaches watching his son, LaMelo, were impressed.

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USC-Miami Flashback

A reader asked last week for a picture from the 1968 USC-Miami game. So here is USC QB Steve Sogge rolling out to pass while being pursued by two-time All-American Ted Hendricks, the “Mad Stork,” who won four Super Bowls (three with the Raiders) and is in the NFL Hall of Fame.

No. 2-ranked USC defeated No. 13 Miami, 28-3. O.J. Simpson rushed for 163 yards in the home opener while Sogge completed 11 of 17 passes for 136 yards.

You know who else threw a touchdown pass for USC? Reserve QB Mike Holmgren, who became better known as an NFL coach. His TD pass was to . . . Bob Chandler. Below is the Sports Ilustrated cover from the game.

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