USC Morning Buzz: Does It Feel Any Better This Morning?

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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.”

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I pin this one on the turgid playcalling. Why play not to lose? Especially on the road. Play to win. Clearly a game tossed away.

USC has now lost three games to teams it was more talented than. Does that mean coaching cost it three games?

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