The coaches’ poll makes the final regular-season ballot public, something it should do every week. Washington State coach Mike Leach gave USC its highest ranking at No. 19.
Ron English (Eastern Michigan) voted USC No. 21. Mark Helfrich (Oregon) and Curtis Johnson (Tulane) voted the Trojans No. 22. Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter voted USC No. 23. He voted Fresno State No. 18
Nick Saban (Alabama), Todd Graham (Arizona State) and Rich Rodriguez (Arizona) voted USC No. 24. Art Briles (Baylor), Larry Fedora (North Carolina), James Franklin (Vanderbilt) and Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State) had the Trojans at No. 25.
Lou Holtz came out against USC hiring Steve Sarkisian on ESPN’s College Football Final:
“I believe USC made a mistake by hiring Steve Sarkisian. Wonderful coach. 34-29 at Washington which is barely above.500. A school like USC could have hired almost any coach in the entire country to come in there.
“They should have an established coach who has proven that he can win on a consistent basis. Let’s remember this. He also had two great quarterbacks while at Washington.”
Now is Washington going to continue going 5-4 in the Pac-12 and if it doesn’t, who suffers? Oregon, Stanford? Will USC also rise under Steve Sarkisian? Everyone can’t win so someone is going to suffer.
Who will win the Stanford-Arizona State game today? Maybe we should ask Lane Kiffin or Steve Sarkisian. Kiffin gave 62 points and lost his job when he surrendered 28 points in the third quarter. Sarkisian held the Sun Devils to 53 points.