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.
USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC, USC
— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) December 5, 2016
USC finished 27th in the Associated Press college basketball Top 25 rankings released today. Imagine the excitement next month now when USC plays No. 2-ranked UCLA at the Galen Center.
In my column on the Rose Bowl, I look at how three schools (USC, Penn State, Washington) owe Steve Sarkisian for the success they experienced this season.
Excerpt: When Sarkisian left Washington for USC, it allowed the Huskies to hire Chris Petersen and become one of the nation’s top four teams. When Sarkisian was fired by USC, it allowed Clay Helton to calmly restore the Trojans to their current top 10 status.
So how did Sarkisian shape Penn State? Nittany Lions coach James Franklin was identified by former USC athletic director Pat Haden as a candidate to replace Lane Kiffin the summer before Kiffin was fired in 2013. But Franklin coached at Vanderbilt, which might as well have been another country for the myopic coaching searches run by Haden (and he was hired at Penn State).