Sunday Night With Sarkisian

USC coach Steve Sarkisian was in a reflective mood tonight as he analyzed the Boston College debacle.

“Tonight doesn’t feel any better than last night,” Sarkisian said. “We did not play very good football last night & that is a direct reflection on me as a football coach to get that fixed.”

Sarkisian said he will consider passing more as he tries to evaluate the playcalling following Boston College game.

`We need to get in a rhythm. We were choppy,” he said. “(The loss is) hard to swallow. Quite honestly I’m glad we have a bye week.’

USC Morning Buzz: Are Pac-12 Hopes Alive And Well?


Steve Sarkisian told the team and then the media that the season was far from over. “The goal, obviously, of being Pac-12 champs is very alive for us,” he said last night.

Do you agree? What changes need to be made? At the game, I heard comments critical of USC’s defense and halftime adjustments. That figures to be a relevant topic in Pac-12 games as the Trojans face spread teams. Thoughts?

Quick USC-Boston College Thought

HUTCHINGS.BOSTON.COLLEGEIt is always easy to find fault after a loss but the troubling aspect of last night’s setback was the way the Trojans wilted in the trenches. Especially when so much has been said this offseason about the strength and conditioning program.

“They wore us out,” Steve Sarkisian said.

That’s something USC is supposed to do to other teams.

The Top 25


Here’s my ballot for this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. And I will note who is missing. A team with a victory over Fresno State, who is proving to be a disaster, a victory over a Stanford team that self-destructed and a loss to a Boston College that steamrollered it:

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What Is Plan B?

My biggest question right now (still in the pressbox) is what does USC do when its game plan does not work? What is Plan B?
If you look at the Stanford game and tonight’s debacle, there did not seem to be a Plan B when USC faltered.