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First Thoughts: Too Close For Comfort & Signs of Things To Come

September 12, 2009

Hey Football Fiends,

Any faithful Trojan fan who survived the latter years of Larry Smith as well as the regimes of Paul Hackett and John Robinson the Second Coming can have a bit of a nervous stomach when it comes to USC football.

I am certainly no exception.

I’ve seen my boys in Cardinal & Gold piss away big leads. I have not forgotten. Sure, the Pete Carroll years have been very very very very very good to us and I hope they continue to be for many many many many years. That said – today’s game had me trying to figure out which I needed to do more-vomit or hide underneath the table with my hands over my eyes while rocking back and forth.

LOL OK, so I exaggerate, but only slightly. While the physical process of watching USC at Ohio State was, quite literally painful, in retrospect I have to confess to a certain KICK ASS I AM SO STOKED style excitment.

Folks, Matt Barkley is a true freshman. All things considered, he should be wearing the Cardinal & Gold for three seasons at least. And he will only mature and get better.

Holy Crap we are going to be UNSTOPPABLE.

Here’s a great take on the game from the POV of an Ohio State fan: USC Steals Ohio State’s Soul

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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Thoughts on USC at the Horseshoe…

September 11, 2009
USC QB Matt Barkley

USC QB Matt Barkley

Hey there Football Fiends-

We’re less than 24 hours away from kickoff in Columbus. USC vs Ohio State. The Rematch. Collision in Columbus. Showdown at the ‘shoe. Call it what you will, but fully expect USC to dominate on both sides of the ball.

Oh sure, there are articles all over the internet that call up the Ghosts of Seasons past and bring up GASP Vince Young and the 2006 Rose Bowl. Which, I feel the need to point out was FOUR SEASONS AGO.  Do you not think that Pete Carroll, one of the finest and craftiest coaches in the NCAA, hasn’t changed the way his team prepares for a mobile QB? I can assure you that he has. And that the speed and agility of USC’s defense will knock the isht out of Ohio State’s already holey and suspect Offensive Line.

Terrelle Pryor – We’ve got your number and we’re coming for you.

Let’s just run down a few stats. I’m not going to go into a whole USC vs Ohio State by the numbers thing. That’s not my style. I’m just going to throw a few facts out and then we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

USC has 22 consecutive non-conference victories.

USC has won seven straight road openers – Colorado, Auburn, VA Tech, Hawaii, Arkansas, Nebraska and Virginia. Not a FCS team amongst them (Take notice Florida, Texas, et al)

The scores of those seven straight road openers:

  • 2002 USC 40  Colorado 3
  • 2003 USC 23  Auburn 0
  • 2004 USC 24  VA Tech 13
  • 2005 USC 63  Hawaii 17
  • 2006 USC 50 Arkansas 15
  • 2007 USC 49  Nebraska 31
  • 2008 USC 52 Virginia 7

QBs Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, John David Booty and Mark Sanchez were all brand new at one point. Carroll did not play them conservatively in their first road openers and do not expect him to play true freshman Matt Barkley conservatively, either.

In 2003 Matt Leinart made his road debut at Auburn. The Tigers were heavily favored. Leinart went 17 for 30 passing with 192 yards.

In 2006 John David Booty made his road debut at Arkansas. He made bacon out of the Hogs, throwing for 261 yards, 3uscosu TDs and 0 INTs.

In 2008 Mark Sanchez went into his first non conference road game at Virginia and set Charlottesville on fire with 338 yards and 3 TDs. Not to mention what he did to the Buckeyes at the Coliseum 2 weeks later.

Do I even need to mention the score of last year’s USC v Ohio State game? It was 35 – 3 for those who may have forgotten.

Let’s take a look at USC vs the Big Ten in this decade:

  • 2002   The 2003 Orange Bowl vs Iowa.  USC 38  Iowa 17
  • 2003  The 2004 Rose Bowl vs Michigan  USC 28 Michigan 17
  • 2006 The 2007 Rose Bowl vs Michigan  USC 32 Michigan 18
  • 2007  The 2008 Rose Bowl vs Illinois USC 49  Illinois 17
  • 2008  The 2009 Rose Bowl vs Penn State  USC 38  Penn State 24

Matt Barkley is young sure. But he also steps into a program that has proven it can reload year after year with barely a hiccup. Big games are not where USC struggles.  USC excels in Big Games.

Ohio State is a Big Game.

My prediction: USC 31  Ohio State 13

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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College Football Picks – Week 2

September 11, 2009

Week 2 Final: 11 – 4

Week 1 Final: 10 – 4

Hey Football Fiends!

Another weekend, another full slate of college football games. My Trojans travel to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes at the Horseshoe. Honestly? I am not worried at all. USC will beat them with their speed.

USC over Ohio State

Penn State over Syracuse

Stanford over Wake Forest

Tennessee over UCLA

Georgia over South Carolina

Oregon over Purdue

Notre Dame over Michigan

Oklahoma State over Houston

LSU over Vanderbilt

Utah over San Jose State

Oregon State over UNLV

South Florida over Western Kentucky

Florida over Troy

TCU over Virginia

Pitt over Buffalo

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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CFB Picks: Week 1

September 4, 2009

Final Week 1 stats 10-4

Hey Football Fiends!

It’s the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR once again! College football is back!!!!

I’m instituting a new policy this year. If your FBS team is taking on an FCS team to pad their win record, I am NOT picking that game in my weekly lineup. It is time FBS and especially BCS teams step up to the plate and stop playing “directional schools.”  And yes, I am looking at you #1 ranked Florida. Shame on you for scheduling Charleston Southern. And don’t think you escape scrutiny#2 Texas for scheduling Louisiana-Monroe.

Hell, it would be nice if LSU would play a Pac-10 team with a winning record. Scheduling Washington isn’t much better than scheduling a “directional school.”  Why not play Cal? Oregon? Or, hell, even USC. Why not settle this once and for ALL LSU? FTR, LSU’s last loss to a Pac 10 school was to USC. In 1979. They have not played us since.

Oh and Oregon player LeGerrette Blount should be throw off the team and have all scholarships revoked, IMHO.

So, without further ado, I bring you my Week 1 College Football Picks:

Alabama over VA Tech

USC over San Jose State

UCLA over SDSU

Ohio State over Navy

Oklahoma over BYU

Mizzou over Illinois

Stanford over Wazzou

Cal over Maryland

LSU over Washington

Colorado over Colorado State

Rutgers over Cincy

-Your Gridiron Goddess

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