Is This A Trap Game For USC?

It’s the big reunion week for Justin Wilcox and USC. So here’s the classic photo of Wilcox from when he coached at USC. But Wilcox is 3-0 and has the Bears playing defense. So this might just be a trap game. Look at some history:

This Saturday Cal will wear throwback uniforms to honor its great QB, Joe Roth. The first Joe Roth memorial game was 40 years ago against USC (1977). It was the first sell out of a USC-Cal game since 1951 and an unranked Cal team beat No.10-ranked USC, 17-14. 

Cal has defeated an AP Top-5 ranked USC team in Berkeley only twice.  The first time, in 1975, John McKay’s last trip to Memorial Stadium, the Cal QB was Joe Roth. The last time was that triple overtime game in 2003, which was also the last time the Bears beat the Trojans.

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On Texas QB Situation

I’ve had some media and fans tell me it didn’t matter that Texas started true freshman Sam Ehlinger against USC instead of its No. 1 QB, Shane Buechele. Ehlinger did a nice job in a second half but here’s what Texas coach Tom Herman said about this week’s game.

“When we start practice (Tuesday), Shane will get the majority of the reps with the 1s.”

So apparently it mattered to Herman.

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USC Morning Buzz: Pac-12 Might Try Beating A Ranked Team

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The Pac-12 does not own a victory over any teams ranked in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. And is actually 0-2 with both losses to San Diego State, including last weekend’s loss by Stanford (above). It’s 0-5 if you include teams receiving votes. I talked about this in my column today because the Pac-12 needs quality wins.

USC’s first three victories are over teams who are a combined 3-6. Washington’s first three opponents are 4-5. But it’s worse than it sounds because the Huskies played Montana, an FCS team. To its credit USC (and UCLA) has never played an FCS team.

Full column here

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Su’a Cravens Out For 2017

Washington placed former USC linebacker Su’a Cravens on the reserve/left squad list, which means he will not play in 2017. I spoke to Cravens after the Texas game and he was in good spirits. He said he lost weight and was down to 215 pounds since he stopped playing. He didn’t seem in any hurry to return to football.

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Coliseum Problems

This was the scene 10 minutes before kickoff Saturday. Remember USC runs the Coliseum and was supposed to make everything better after years of blaming everything on the Coliseum Commission.

The attitude seems to be “get there early or tough luck.”.And if you think getting in was the only problem, I’m including a fan’s account of how hard it was to get out of the Coliseum on Saturday night.

Note: This fan waited 15 minutes for pedestrian traffic to die down.

“Getting out was no picnic either, especially since I have to use a cane. I have seats in Section 12, so I thought I would be able to get out of Gate 14, and into Lot 2. Gate 14 was closed because I guess they wanted to set up early for media coming in for the Rams game the day after. I thought I could try getting out of Gate 16, but I couldn’t even get that far.

“There was too much of a bottleneck in front of the women’s restrooms in front of Section 14 and 15 for me to try. I had to walk back, and try to exit Gate 11, which was closed because it was the exit closest to where the buses were I believe. Then Gate 8 was closed because that was next to the Fox trucks, so I had to exit Gate 6. To get to Lot 2, I had to walk down Bill Robertson, alongside the West side of the Swim Stadium to south end of the Swim Stadium (Park Dr.). To boot, I had to walk upstream on Bill Robertson back to Lot 2, because only one sidewalk was open due to the buses.”

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