Alabama coach Nick Saban explained his reason for bringing Lane Kiffin in this week to offer advice on the Crimson Tide’s offense.
“I can’t believe there’s any reaction to it,” Saban said. “Lane is a terrific offensive coach and I’ve always had a tremendous amount of respect for him.
“Just to come in and brainstorm a little bit with some professional ideas with our guys, I think is a real positive thing. And I don’t know why there’s any reaction to it, to be honest with you. I’m really quite surprised.”
This will be interim coach Clay Helton’s first-and-last game leading the Trojans, not to mention the final game for the seniors and any juniors turning pro. So will that lead to a wide-open, risk-taking game plan against Fresno State?
“I don’t think we’re going to save any bullets,’’ Helton said. “We’re going to do what we do and make them stop us,” he said, “but we must be able to throw the ball.”
The venerable betting publication, the Gold Sheet, picks Fresno State to defeat USC, 30-27.
Quote: “Minus Southern Cal’s Orgeron-fueled emotion (as was the case early in the season), Pac-12 sources are not convinced the Trojans bring a spirited effort to Vegas, while MW insiders report this date vs. high-profile SC has energized a one-time BCS hopeful Fresno squad that’s hellbent to erase the memory of last year’s bowl no-show vs. SMU in Honolulu.”