You might associate Chick Hearn as the Lakers legend. But he also did USC football and basketball games from 1956-61 like this notice shows from 1958. The TV announcer is actually spelled Bill Welsh, who also did USC games for KTTV (Channel 11).
I made my prediction this morning, now it’s your turn. The spead is around 16 points. But USC has a penchant for making games close that it should win easily.
The Doak Walker Award trimmed its list of finalists to 11 and Ronald Jones has made the cut. Here is the list: Josh Adams (Jr.) Notre Dame; Saquon Barkley (Jr.) Penn State; Royce Freeman (Sr.) Oregon; Justice Hill (So.) Oklahoma State; Kerryon Johnson (Jr.) Auburn; Ronald Jones (Jr.) USC; Phillip Lindsay (Sr.) Colorado; Bryce Love (Jr.) Stanford; Rashaad Penny (Sr.) San Diego State; Devin Singletary (So.) Florida Atlantic; Jonathan Taylor (Fr.) Wisconsin.
It’s the Crosstown Rivalry week editiion of the Friday notes column, where I talk about a “prank” that police said was potentially dangerous to hundreds of people; talk about the recruits coming to the game; talk to someone who knew the original George Tirebiter and make my game prediction.
Next year, no teams will play a Saturday road game followed by a Friday road game. That’s good.
I would also note that every Pac-12 team plays 7-or-8 days before the conference title game. That means you avoid this year’s scenario, where USC goes two weeks without a game and plays a team (Stanford, Washington, Washington State) that will play two games in six days.
The first thought on USC’s schedule is the back-to-back road games with Stanford and Texas could have a huge impact on the season. The next two games that stand out are road games with Arizona (Khalil Tate) and Utah (have to be better next season).
Then comes the season-ending swing with UCLA and Notre Dame. Whatever predictions I might make depend on whether Sam Darnold comes back, of course.