USC Morning Buzz: It’s Time For The Friday Notes Column

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It’s the Crosstown Rivalry week editiion of the Friday notes column, where I talk about a “prank” that police said was potentially dangerous to hundreds of people; talk about the recruits coming to the game; talk to someone who knew the original George Tirebiter and make my game prediction.

Wolf: USC, UCLA rivalry was more dangerous in 1950’s

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USC Quick Thought

How much sense did it make to take defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow to Notre Dame after he retired as a player, when he clearly intended to keep playing elsewhere. It’s obvious he was unhappy freshman Brandon Pili moved ahead of him on the depth chart.

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About The Pac-12 Schedule

Next year, no teams will play a Saturday road game followed by a Friday road game. That’s good.

I would also note that every Pac-12 team plays 7-or-8 days before the conference title game. That means you avoid this year’s scenario, where USC goes two weeks without a game and plays a team (Stanford, Washington, Washington State) that will play two games in six days.

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About The USC Schedule

The first thought on USC’s schedule is the back-to-back road games with Stanford and Texas could have a huge impact on the season. The next two games that stand out are road games with Arizona (Khalil Tate) and Utah (have to be better next season).

Then comes the season-ending swing with UCLA and Notre Dame. Whatever predictions I might make depend on whether Sam Darnold comes back, of course.

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USC Morning Buzz: 10 Things To Fix To Beat UCLA

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USC can beat UCLA without making corrections from last week but it would be a lot easier if it did. Excerpt:

1. Control Jack Jones: In the past two games, cornerback Jack Jones received unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. USC coaches have been unable (or unwilling) to get Jones to play with composure.

“It’s not high school anymore, nobody cares what you say after the play,” USC secondary coach Ronnie Bradford said in reference to Jones’ penchant for trash talking.

“Obviously, we’ve had some good conversations about that,” defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast said about Jones’ penalties.

Does anyone believe Jones will change for the emotional crosstown rivalry?

Wolf: Here are 10 things USC needs to fix to beat UCLA

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Viva Western Michigan!

So Western Michigan lost to Northern Illinois tonight and is 6-5 overall. That’s fine for them. But where are all the USC fans who tweeted me that Western Michigan would go 11-1 because they gave the Trojans a good game?

How did that performance hold up?

Western Michigan was tied with USC, 28-28, in the fourth quarter and 28-28 with Northern Illinois in the fourth quarter.

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USC Practice Report

A fairly uneventful practice today. Backup quarterback Matt Fink (pictured) missed practice with a sprained knee. But he is expected to be available for the UCLA game. Walk-on Holden Thomas got a lot of reps while Jack Sears apparently focused on the scout team.

If Sam Darnold were to get hurt, and Fink were unable to play, Jalen Greene could always be the QB if USC did not want to burn Sears’ redshirt year.

Meanwhile, defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow is transferring to another school for a sixth year of eligibility. That means the “story” about how he “retired” a few weeks ago was just a cover.

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