USC Morning Buzz: Updated Odds On Winning National Title

USC’s odds to win the national title are 18/1, which places the Trojans sixth overall according to Bovada. That is obviously at odds (pardon the pun) with yesterday’s over/under of 8 victories. UCLA is 28/1.

Also listed after the jump are Heisman odds, where Cody Kessler is tied with Ohio State’s Cardale Jones at 12/1. Now that seems a bit too good to be true to me. Full odds for national title and Heisman after the jump:

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Chris Andrews is a former legal bookmaker who has already come up with over/under win totals for college football. And his results are surprising. He lists USC’s win total at 8 and UCLA’s at 9.5. I can see the smoke rising from the USC fans who read this. See the win totals here.

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Chris Willson Transfers

USC tight end Chris Willson has transferred to the University of San Diego and will play quarterback for the Toreros. Willson originally came to USC as a quarterback. His transfer leaves one less tight end on the roster.

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USC Picture Of The Day

WILLIE.BROWN.1963I’ve run many pictures of the 1963 Rose Bowl, an amazing game to those who watched it, as No. 1 USC defeated No. 2 Wisconsin, 42-37 to win the national championship. But this is the first photo I’ve run in in color.

And since we tend to think Adoree Jackson invented two-way play, let’s ponder what Willie Brown (26) did in the game: He had 108 yards receiving, returned kickoffs 41-and-31 yards and made perhaps the key play of the game with an interception in the end zone. USC wide receiver Hal Bedsole, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame and caught two touchdown passes in the game, told me Brown was the Trojans’ MVP that day.

That’s guard Pete Lubisich making the block in the center of the picture.

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USC Baseball Update

Wtih graduation last Friday, USC played its three-game series against Cal on Saturday-Monday. The Bears won 2 of 3 games and the Trojans (35-18, 16-11) are now in fourth place, 1.5 games behind second-place Oregon State.

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USC Morning Buzz: A Pete Carroll Legacy Worth Keeping

PETE.USCPete Carroll said last weekend if he were still USC coach, he would keep practices open to the public and media. It was a significant comment because former coach Lane Kiffin used to insist Carroll would have closed practices to the media/public if he remained the Trojans coach in the era of social media and cell-phone cameras.

Now that USC is no longer on probation, practices could be open. And if Carroll were around, apparently they would be again.

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