Monday, September 27, 2010

USC vs Washington ST Review.

 Yesterday USC opened Pac-10 play im Pulman Washington to face the Washington St Cougars. USC going into this game was expected to make a Major statement against a weak Washington St team. At the Start Washington St jumpped on SC at the start but came SC's Drive USC showed why they were USC with Stanley Havili's 56 Yard Run. The first half was shakey with turnovers left and right. Barkley threw two INT's in the first half and Allen Bradford fumbled to put him on the bench. The halftime score was 28-13 but came second half it was Old School USC all the way. USC managed to get there act together and outscore the Cougs 22-3.  USC took the win 50-16 going into the Washington game in LA.

 USC to me played alot better than the last few previous games. The First was shakey with the turnovers and all but once the second half hit USC played alot better. The secondary still needs some work. They gave up too many yards in the air but they are also getting turnovers and INTs. Nickell Robey after getting beat for the Opening TD made up for it with two INT's. TJ McDonald also got a Pick on Jeff Tuel as well. The D Line was outstanding for the Trojans only allowing 67 Yards Rushing and Sacking the QB 3 times. I loved the pressure that the D Line got but I feel they need to do better getting to that QB making him make mistakes. The Offense on the other hand was all Stanley Havili. What a performance from him on Saturday. Other than Stanley Matt Barkley had a some what good day but He needs to stop forcing passes. He threw 2 Picks from bad passes. Dillon Baxter some what brokeout and Bradford Fumbled which got him on the bench. Overall USC play better and moved up to 18 in the AP Polls. Now USC prepares for their first Revenge game against Steve Sarkisain and the Washington Huskies. This will be an intresting game for the Trojans but that will be for another post.

Friday, September 24, 2010

USC at Washington St Preview

 Tomarrow USC will be on the road once again in Pullman Washington to take on the Washington St Cougars. USC is coming off an improved performace against Minnesota. While the D Line made massive improvements the Secondary will need to make a point in this game. Offensively USC will look to sharpen the Passing Game. Last game Matt Barkley passed for 192 threw 2 Picks and 2 TDs. USC also had a big game running the Ball. Marc Tyler got a TD on a play where he never quit. Allen Bradford went on a rampage Rushing for 131 Yards and breaking out a 59 Yard Rush against Minnesota. At Practice on Thursday the team looked energetic and thats what USC needs going into a tough conference schedule. People are saying this will be easy but Lane Kiffin said it best, Teams that aren't motivated are prone to get Upset. As long as USC stay focused and plays motivated Football then USC will win big but If they struggle then what happens?

 Washington State on the other hand is coming off a loss to SMU and come into this game 1-2. They let Montana State hang in the game that they played against them and were blown out by Oklahoma St 65-17. Washington St is looking to make a statement in the Pac-10 Opener by hanging with USC or beating them. QB Jeff Tuel came into the game against the Trojans before in USC's 27-0 win against Washington St. This season he only thrown 1 INT. Marquess Wilson the freshman WR is a Playmaker and could provide a challenge for the USC Secondary and could be the Key for Washington St. The Washington St Defense has given up alot and hasn't done much at all but will try to improve. The Offensive line from what I hear is not all that either.

In the last two meetings USC has destroyed the Cougars but USC has lost to straight Pac-10 Openers ( 2008- Oregon St and 2009 Washington) USC will come into this game motivated and looking to make a statement. Im looking for USC to Blitz more on D and Go deep more and Pound the ball on Offense. USC needs to stay motivated and use this game to show that their ready for Washington and Stanford but they also shouldn't look ahead.

Washington St-10

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2011 The Pac-12 Will take place

 The Pac-10 has Officially gone to the Pac-12....Well according to sources. I saw on espn that Colorado will Join the Pac-10 next year which means the Pac-12 will officially be formed. This was talked about earlier when Utah announced that they were coming in 2011 as well. To me I find this very intresting because now this means the Pac-12 will have a Championship game along with the Big-10 who had Nebraska join the conference. Now there are some question I know you guys will be asking. We'll Im going to break down this whole thing but lets see how this whole thing came into place.

 Expansion talk started when the Big 10 was talking about forming this 14 team Conference. Out of nowhere the Pac-10 then starting making plans to form this Mega Conference where Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma St would leave the Big 12 and Join the pac-10. This was So close to happining till Texas which caused all the decided to stay in the Big 12 but the Big 12 would not last. Colorado would announce that they would be leaving for the Pac-10 which would give them 11. Soon after Nebraska would leave for the Big 10 which gave the Big 10 12 teams for a Title game. 2 months later Utah would join the Pac-10 giving them 12 teams. UPDATE: The Big 12 just officially announced that Colorado will leave in 2011.

Now here are the questions that you guys are just asking in your head.

  • How will the Conference be split up?
A: Well from what Im hearing the Pac-12 will be split into North and South. South: USC, Arizona, Arizona St, UCLA, Colorado, and Utah. North: Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon St, Washington and Washington St. Now thats what i've heard and I don't know what Larry Scott has planed but I will indeed stay tuned on that.
  • How many games will be played In Conference?
A: I'm guessing maybe 7 games in Conference seeing that every conference with a Championship game plays with that. For example USC would play everyone in the Division then would Play two teams from the North. Then the next time they play a team from the north would be in the Title game.
  • Where will the Championship Game be held?
A: Thats a question that I want to know. First off Are they going to hold it at the #1 Seed Stadium? I would hate that Idea because fans Travel too much for that. I would prefer for the game to be held on a neutral site. Now where will it be played. Well lets break that down.

-Rose Bowl (Passadena CA) Rose Bowl is held there, The Media Days are held there, So Why not a Historic Stadium like the Rose Bowl. It seats 92,000 people. If USC made it the Rose Bowl would be filled with Cardinal and Gold. Did I mentioned the Weather in Passadena is great in december?

University of Pheonix Stadium (Glendale AZ) NFL Stadium, Domed. Why not? The Pac-12 Championship game will draw alot of people. It seats 63,000 which isn't alot but its a Really Nice Stadium. Arizona and ASU fans will fill up the join if they made it.

Los Angeles Coliseum (Los Angeles CA) Oh how could I forget the Grand Ole Lady? You have another Historic Stadium right here but its pretty much on USC's campus (Its not on it but you get what Im saying.) Parking isn't great just like the Rose Bowl. But it does hold 93,000 which is great as well. You already hold the Basketball Tournys right near The Coliseum.

Qwest Field (Seattle WA) This seems like a cool place to hold it but it gets cold there and i doubt fans from the California and AZ Schools will go watch the team play in the cold.

 With Colorado moving this will be intresting. Utah and Colorado playing the likes of Oregon, USC, Stanford, and Oregon St will make for Intresting TV. Be prepared to see alot of of Pac-12 Games on Primetime TV.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

USC vs Minnesota Review

 Yesterday as you Trojan fans know USC traveled to Minnesota to play the Golden Golphers. As I said on friday this was THE Game for USC to improve and show what they can do and I saw some good improvement and things to work on. Minnesota had the lead twice in this game. Once going up 7-0 and then again on a pass to Da'jon McKnight to make it 14-13 in the 3rd. I was very impressed with the USC Run D. The held Minnesota's talked about Run Offense to 83 Yards. They also got to the QB and forced Turnovers and thats something I absolutily loved. The Offense was alright some what. Matt Barkley didn't play the best of games. He had two picks thrown. One from miscomunication and another from a horrible throw. Now as far as the run game that was very good. Allan Bradford with 13 rushes and 131 Yards on the ground, Marc Tyler with a rushing touchdown and the never quit attitude. Dillon Baxter seems as if he's getting upset and he shouldn't. He has to learn that the long runs will come over time.

 Now USC do need some work to do as far as cutting down Penalties and working on the Secondary but this team will do what they can. I loved how Nickell Robey makes in game Adjustments and how he has that Florida speed but I know more teams will pick on him as the season goes on. Overall I felt this was a better game for the trojans but they need to stop giving up last second TD's like that. Its really killing us fans.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

USC vs Minnesota Preview

 This week USC will travel to Minnesota to play the Golden Gophers. USC and Minnesota last met in 1980 with USC taking a 24-7 Victory , USC leads the series vs Minnesota 4-1-1. USC came off a poor performace vs Virginia last week where the Defense played pretty good and the offense was poor. Minnesota on the other hand are coming off a loss to FCS South Dakota St at Home. First I want to talk about USC. Everyone talking about Last Week and how the Trojans played and what not. USC dropped to #18 in the AP Polls. Minnesota should be their best chance to show that they can clean it up. Now from what Im hearing that USC and a good two days of Practice which is good because USC needs to bring that fire and take it into the game vs Minnesota. USC needs to be prepared for a Minnesota team who will bring the power. Theres alot of Injury concerns right now with Nick Perry, Jordan Cameron, Arnold Armstead, and Marquis Simmons. While Armstead said he's playing we still don't know whats going on with Nick Perry and Jordan Cameron. I believe they will try to play this week.

Now Minnestoa from what I hear is a better team than Virginia but last week was not the week for them seeing that they lost to South Dakota St. I saw some of that game and South Dakota St kinda made it look easy. This is the biggest game in Minnesota right now and in the new Stadium who knows what will happen. Minnesota like I said can bring that Power to USC and I think the Trojans need to be ready. Minnesota has some talented Recevers In my eyes and like hawaii the Secondary will be challenged once again. The D isnt all of the best basicly for them to give up 41 Points to a FCS team. I know the Golden Gophers will bring their A game when they play because its USC. Look for Minnesota to Pass the ball against the Trojans and try to Pound them on the ground.

Ok now heres my predictions. I believe this will be an intresting game to watch because these teams will have something to prove for that game. USC wants to have a strong showing before they start Pac-10 play vs Washington St. I think the D will carry over the energy from Practice and have a great performace. The Offense will perform better than last week. Im not saying USC will score a bunch of points but SC will come away with the win and go into Pac-10 Play confident and Lane Kiffin Happy.

USC-35 Minnesota-14

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Minnesota Paper says USC is a Shell of itts formerself Hmmmmm

 So theres a Minnesota Newspaper that said The USC Trojans are a 'Shell" of their formerself. That I find really really because this is Minnesota talking shit about the USC Trojans. Hmmm I guess when you get a new stadium and when you play USC it atomaticly gives you the right to talk mess. Now if you guys wanna read thing its right here.

Now I find this funny because I thought you had to beat FCS teams to talk. Oh Yall haven't heard Minnesota, The same team USC is playing  this weekend, Lost to South Dakota St and the sad thing South Dakota St made it look easy. I find it that you the Minnesota Newspaper can say USC looks like a Shell of its formerself when your program isn't looking so hot its damn self. I hope USC gets it together because this will get ugly If USC gets it together.

Question Do they play play Football in South Dakota?

Monday, September 13, 2010

USC Drops to 18 in the AP

 USC has dropped again in part of their Lackluster Performace against UVA. A game that they won 17-13. Now my Last Blog I said the D played poor. I was wrong the D was doing better than they did in Hawaii but there still need for improvement. the Offense wasn't as great as they were in Hawaii due to Dropped Passes, Under Thrown passes and....PENALTIES!!!! As a result USC dropped 2 spots in the AP Poll. I think this is the first time I've seen a team win but Drop in the Polls. So now USC will go into Minnisota with the #18 Ranking. I promised myself i would hold off on the Minnisota rant till I do my Game Preview.

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

USC beats Virginia 17-14

 Last Night USC faced off against the Virginia Cavaliers in their Home Opener at the Coliseum in a game in which we were hoping would mean improvements for the Deffense. Well last night USC came away with a win 17-14 with UVA scoring at the end. Yes USC got the win but they played like crap. The Offense at the start was sooo shakey and the Deffense show light improvements here and there but Still gave up too many yards. The Defense gave up 340 yards in this game in which Im still not happy with. I don't know why the D is allowing this many yards but something needs to be done. Now I saw some flashes of improvement but still wasn't what I wanted to see. The Offense was pretty much the same came 2nd Qtr but they can't afford having a slow start and Penalties!!!! My goodness If this isn't the least disaplined team right now then I don't know who is. 12 Penaltys for 140 Yards and So many plays called back. Lane Kiffin said it best they need alot of work to do. The droped passes in the 3rd and that really needs to be worked on.

 Now I did see some things that I liked. Matt Barkley showed what work he did by dropping those 20 Lbs over the summer. He evaded alot of sacks and that was something. The TJ McDonald did really good tonight and i hope thats a sign of things to come. Overall USC played poor and needs alot of work before there trip to Minnisota. Now USC fans please stick it through and don't leave at the start of the 3rd. Support the Trojans or don't go at all!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Trojancast Post Game

USC came away with a 17-14 win. Heres my thoughts on the game from 9-11-10

Trojancast part 2 of 2

This is where I answer your questions that you asked for this week.

Ricky from Los Angeles asks: would you start CJ spiller this week in fanasty football? How much of change do you give Montana state beting Wazz state (Via Twitter)

My Answer; Thats a tough one right there. If you have Running backs that will start and put up better numbers then I would sit CJ Spiller but If you think he can put up numbers for this week then play him. Seeing that they play Miami I would give it a shot at start him. As far as your second question I give Montana St no chance to beat Wassu but no one gave jacksonville St a shot to beat Ole Miss. Unless Washington St have a complete meltdown I expect them to win vs Montana St.

Cory from Mesa asks: WHo will win the Super Bowl?(Via Text)

My Answer: I believe the New York Jets will win. Its too early to tell but Im sticking with the New York Jets to win the Super Bowl against the Dallas Cowboys.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Trojancast Part 1 of 2 Episode#1

I finally got the Podcast up. Check it out and tell me what you think.

USC v Virginia Preview

 USC is back at it this week but this time we come home to the friendly confines of the Coliseum. Now earlier in the week I adressesd my thoughts on the Hawaii game. Yes Mind you I abused a number in my post. 588!! But this week USC has a Foe with a more traditional Offence. Now Lets talk about the Virginia Cavailers for a min. This team last week seen a Former USC QB Aaron Corp and a Richmond team from the FCS. Now I haven't gotten a chance to see them play but I heard about the game. Now mind you Virgina played a FCS School but then again Ole Miss lost to a FCS school. The Cavs lock down corner Vic Hall is a gametime descion. He was suppose to give Matt Barkley and Ronald Johnson issues but if he can't play then thats another hill for the Cavs to climb. The Offence have a more traditional approach to it which should be easier on the USC D because Hawaii has faster player and last year Hawaii was one of the top offences in the NCAA. Nick Perry should be able to play this week with Arnold Armstead going to DT making the Line fatser. Something we could use vs Hawaii last week. Look for the Cavs to use there run to open up the pass.

USC welcomes UVA to LA for the first time ever
 The Major Question right now is the Deffense. Nick Perry ,who suited up and warmed up before the hawaii game but didn't play, Will play even though Lane Kiffin is saying he's limited. Armstead moves to the DT with Casey which means the Line will be alot faster. I know the D wants to get in on the fun the the offence will have at the LA Coliseum in front of the Fans. I look for them to make a statement and show that they have made improvements.The tackling was very poor last game along with the Penalties. Ed Oregeon and Montey Kiffin should be prepared for this Virgina team this week. The Offence should be the same way like last week but I look for them to attack the deep part of the field and spread the ball to other guys. Also this week will be the Debut of another Freshman who I've been keeping my eye on. Dillon Baxter who was suspended for the opener at Hawaii and i can tell you he felt guilty about that. This week I look for him to pick up where he left off in the Spring. My main question is will SC kick a extra point? I hope so.

Now comes the exciting part of the previews and thats my prediction. 2008 USC dismantled Virginia at UVA 52-7. That game was also featured NFL First Round Draft Picks in Mark Sanchez, Rey Malauga, Chase Matthews, and Brian Cushing. This Year i don't see USC hanging Half 100 on the Cavs but I see a dominating performace from the Trojans. The D will play better and feed of the energy from a pumped up USC fan base. The Virginia D will have no answer for the USC Offence as USC wins this one and prepares for a Trip to Big Ten country for a match up against the Golden Golphers.

USC-45 Virginia-10

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

USC Alternate Uniforms?

Ok Now I've been wondering this for a few days and I know its a hot topic amung the USC Fanbase beside the Deffensive questions. Why don't USC have Alternate Uniforms. I did some reading about this topic and majority of the USC fans say they don't want it because they want tradition. My thing is if USC fans want tradition then why do they buy the Black and the Gold jerseys? I watch USC Basketball and they have Gold and Black jerseys. Now In one Pic (I took this off a fourm) These are what pro combat jerseys for USC would look like. Now I dont like the White Helment or Pants so I say change the helment to the Current one and Change the pants to gold and it'll be better. The others are the jerseys that people buy but the team don't wear. I don't see why they don't wear these I mean it would be nice to see USC bust out onto the field with these jerseys on a Saturday Night at the Coliseum. I would love nothing more to see USC wear em. Come on people lets push towards this.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bosie St to BCS Title game? SLOW DOWN!!!

Bosie St fans Slow Down!! You still have a season to play!!
 Last night I saw a great game between Bosie St and Virgina Tech. After the game I kept hearing people except Kirk Herbstreet about Bosie St and the BCS Championship game. First off it was a good game. A Great game played by both teams. Now you can call me a hater or whatever but I look at Bosie St schedule and I see 3-4 teams that can knock them off seriously. Bosie St fans i am talking to you as a Big Time USC Fan and when I look at Bosie St I look at 2008 when people were saying that USC was going to run through the Pac-10 and Play Florida for the BCS Title after beating Ohio St. The Next week USC lost to Oregon St on thursday night. Now I know Bosie St fans and others are saying well USC chokes and we're not USC. Let me tell you this Bosie St fans. After a game like that your emotions get drained and some teams manage to have a let down the next week. Now Lets look at the schedule here. Wyoming I expect Bosie St to win that game but look at Sept 25th. Oregon St with the Rodgers brothers will indeed be intresting to watch. Oregon St played a good game vs TCU on Saturday remember that. Then I look at the WAC and boy wouldn't any of the WAC teams including Hawaii and Idaho (Really?) Love to beat Bosie St in there last year in the WAC. I see four teams that could beat Bosie St and ruin this National Title run. Nevada is a team that has a great QB and run that Pistol formation. Fresno St with the tough mentality Coach Pat Hill who manage to give teams a run for their money. Hawaii who freaking Tourched USC's (Trojans) D and outgained the Trojans for 588 Yards. and Oregon St who I explained earlier. Yes they're going to be favored in all those games but just because your the favorite doesn't mean you'll win all the time. At the start Bosie St was on fire but If they were a national title team they would of put them way early. Yes Virgina Tech is a good team with a good QB. Also that D kinda broke down and they were outscored 30-16 after the half. The Main thing here Bosie St fans is don't look ahead. Ask USC(2008&2006), West Virgina(2007), Oklahoma(2003), and Other teams who lost to where it cost them a National Title shot.

Will the USC D step it up this week?

 This Week USC will comeback from the Islands and play a Home Game in LA vs Virgina from the ACC. Now I am about to ask a Question that every USC Fan has been asking. Will the Deffense thats been hyped up? I've been wondering as we had the good games going on about the SC Deffense and that Poor Performace against Hawaii. Now Hawaii was in the spread pistol formation while this weeks foe Virgina runs a more traditonal offence. The Coaches aren't ready to make major changes and that I can live with because its only week one but something has to be done. 588 Total Yards? To Hawaii? Thats the second most yards USC game up this decade. The tackling needs to get better..........VERY BETTER!!! The secondary I understand is young but we need them to get better fast and Can we get some disipline into this group Please? Also another thing that stood out was the conditioning in the 4th. USC looked winded on D in the fourth and that needs to be fixed but I believe USC will get it fixed this week. Monty Kiffin you have work to do and this D needs to be better for Virgina because if the D strugglesvs the Cavs then All of us need to hit the Panic button.

Friday, September 3, 2010

USC beats Hawaii 49-36. Heres my thoughts.

 Last Night USC opened up the season in Honolulu Hawaii against the Hawaii Warriors. This was Lane Kiffin's debut with the USC Trojans as a head coach. Now I saw the whole game and I would like to give my inputs on the game. First I'm going to start with the offence. I loved how Matt Barkley was on point. I know Hawaii's D was weak but I loved it. Matt Barkley went 18-23 Passes for 257 Yrds and 5 TDs which was better than last years opener vs San Jose St. Ronald Johnson on the other hand killed it Last night. 7 receptions for 59 Yards may not be much but 3 Touchdowns receptions is. And not only that He returned a Punt in the 3rd for a TD which caught my eye big time. Running Back Marc Tyler who got the starting Job over Allan Bradford showed us why he was one of the top HS running backs in High School Football in 2006. 17 Carries for 154 Yards and one TD he proved why he is the starting Running Back. This Offence is going to do alot of good things if they stay healthy. Now heres where I start to do my ranting. The USC D that was highly talked about by Lane didn't show up. There was no disipline as there was 11 Penalties called on USC for 100 yards. The tackling was just terrible and I believe thats due to that no hitting in the off-season because theres no depth on the USC team due to Transfers. My big thing was how many yards they gave up. 588 Yards hawaii out ganed USC due to the poor coverage by the Secondary. Yes the secondary is young but thats not gonna cut it. If USC wants to go undefeated then they have to start with the D.

Overall I think USC has lots of work to do before they can talk about a undefeated season. Hawaii exposed the D very bad and Monty Kiffin must fix that before the Virgina next week. The offence should try to Throw down field. They have the speed to do it. USC good win  but Fix the D before you talk about 13-0.