For the scholarship reductions are the reason for losses crowd, a question: Does depth cause poor clock management and play calling?
Here is my ballot for this week’s AP Top 25 poll:
After glancing at USC’s schedule, I cannot say any of the first eight teams are as talented as the Trojans. And yet USC has three losses with two other extremely narrow victories. What does that leave to explain things? Coaching?
One thing for sure Saturday night. USC’s playcalling often looked like it played not to lose. When you go into a place like Rice-Eccles Stadium, you need a daring, go-for-broke game plan. In other words, no laterals aka bubble screens. Here’s my game story from Salt Lake City.
“We’ve been part of stuff this season that I have yet to experience in coaching,’’ USC coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We didn’t get it done, especially at the most critical moments. That’s our conference right now. That’s our season right now.”
USC is in Salt Lake City waiting for what seems another weekly must-win game for the Trojans.
Now comes No. 19 Utah (5-1, 2-1), capable of beating UCLA at the Rose Bowl but also losing to Washington State. The Utes could offer a quick response that No. 20 USC (5-2, 4-1) is capable of beating Arizona but losing to Boston College. Full story here
The North Carolina academic fraud case has been described as the “largest” in NCAA history.
That said, does anyone think the NCAA will do anything close to what it did to USC? Half of what it did to USC? A quarter of what it did to USC? Anyone? Anyone?