USC Morning Buzz: Boston College Game Day Is Here

BOSTON.HOTELThe clouds are out at USC’s hotel outside Boston as the Trojans prepare for Boston College. Here’s my preview of the game.

“The road test does provide a way to figure out if USC is more like the freewheeling team that demolished Fresno State or the struggling team that was more than fortunate to beat Stanford.

After unleashing freshmen like Juju Smith in the opener, USC went into a shell with junior Nelson Agholor the only receiving option and the tight ends non-existent.”

By The Numbers

USC is 4-0 against Boston College. Pete Carroll coached his last USC game against the Eagles in the Emerald Bowl in 2009.

USC QB Cody Kessler has zero interceptions. The same number as catches for tight end Randall Telfer.

Hopefully Telfer gets a chance tomorrow.

USC Morning Buzz: Trojans Deal With Being At Drama U.

JUJU.STANFORDIt’s a successful yet crazy opening to the season with drama at every corner for USC. Here’s my story on a wild couple weeks:

“If you are on campus around the team, few things penetrate their daily schedule of football activities. It was a masterful trait of (Pete) Carroll that he could glide through problems and shield his team from distractions.”

Full story here

 

The Goooold Sheet

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The venerable betting publication, the Gold Sheet, picks USC to defeat Boston College, 27-13.

“BC couldn’t handle the ground game of Pitt (303 YR) last week. But Pac-12 teams traveling to the “far” east TY (e.g., UCLA, Colorado) have not had an easy time.”

Latest Heisman Odds

Are you surprised that Javorius Allen’s Heisman Trophy odds are unchanged after the Stanford game? He was 66-1 last week according to Bovada and remains 66-1 despite gaining 154 yards. Cody Kessler was 25-1 before the game and is now 40-1.

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley is the top pick at 5-1.

Quote Of The Day

Steve Sarkisian talked to the team about 9/11 today and showed a 13-minute video. He was asked if any players would be afraid to fly.

“I think we know everybody on the airplane, I don’t think we’ll get hijacked,” Sarkisian said.

Leonard Williams Update

Steve Sarkisian said defensive lineman Leonard Williams participated in more practice today than Wednesday and is on track to play.

“He looked better this Thursday than a week ago,” Sarkisian said.