Saturday, November 12, 2011

USC FOOTBALL: Lee, McNeal lead way past Huskies - Inland Empire Press-Enterprise
“This has become a big rivalry,” said Trojans coach Lane Kiffin, who coached alongside Sarkisian at USC for much of the previous decade. “It’s going to be a very competitive rivalry for a long time.”

Just not this time. Kiffin’s Trojans seem to be getting better every week down the stretch, winning five of six heading into next weekend’s trip to Oregon...
USC punter Kyle Negrete offers inspiration for free - LA Times
The walk-on, who kept alive a scoring drive with a fake punt, has played all season without a scholarship. Yet he says, 'Being a Trojan is worth it.'
USC's Marqise Lee continues to contribute in a big way - LA Times
Freshman catches a touchdown pass and returns a kickoff 88 yards for another score in Trojans' 40-17 victory over Washington, giving him four touchdowns in the last two games.
USC defense takes a bite out of Washington, 40-17 - LA Times
Trojans show how much they have improved with a solid victory at the Coliseum. Oregon will be a big test.
Kiffin Quote - LA Daily News
``I've said it 100 times. It's not about me or our staff, it's about USC. It's the only place that can bring in the quality players we have despite the sanctions.'' -- USC coach Lane Kiffin
Kiffin On Lee- LA Daily News
Lane Kiffin said wide receiver Marqise Lee was ``arguably the best player on the field today.'' Lee was sick Thursday night and needed IVs. ``(He) could barely get out of bed,'' Kiffin said. ``He's going to be one of the greats to play here for sure.''
Post-game quotes --- UW coach Steve Sarkisian - Seattle Times
Here are some quotes from UW coach Steve Sarkisian following Saturday's 40-17 loss at USC:

...On what happened on the fake punt: "They faked it - and the guys responsible for the fake didn't see it, didn't execute."

On the shotgun snaps and going to a pistol look: "The shotgun snaps have been concerning for me for three weeks now, and we touched on it all week in practice that it needed to change or something like that would happen, and it finally got us. So hopefully that changes things..."

Friday, November 11, 2011

UW-USC --- Just the Facts - Seattle Times
Here's the expanded version of the Scouting Report that will run in our Saturday paper that includes the nuts and bolts on the game:
Washington (6-3, 4-2) at USC (7-2, 4-2)

The line: Trojans by 12.

The setup: The Huskies have one more chance to get a marquee win in the regular season against a ranked team and do so against a USC squad against which it has pulled off big upsets the last two seasons... The game also marks another homecoming for UW coach Steve Sarkisian, an assistant at USC for seven years before taking over at Washington.

What to Expect: The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the mid-60s and rain, and that might slow down two offenses that have high-flying passing attacks. If the offenses can overcome the elements, however, this is another UW game that has all the earmarks of being a shootout...

...Notes:... This will be UWs last trip to USC until at least 2015, however, as the Trojans will come to Seattle next season and then the two teams won't play in 2013 and 2014. ... USC leads the overall series 49-28-4 and 29-11 in the LA Coliseum. However, UW is 9-9-1 in the last 19 meetings overall. ... Leading the announcing team is Gus Johnson, best-known among UW fans for his enthusiastic call of Isaiah Thomas' buzzer-beater against Arizona in the Pac-10 basketball tournament last March. ... UW has a chance to win seven regular-season games for the first time since 2002. ...

Key matchup: UW's defensive front seven vs. USC's offensive line...

...Upset brewing?: The Huskies have beaten USC as a double-digit underdog each of the past two seasons, so no reason they can't do it again, right? If nothing else, UW should go into the game with confidence, and if Chris Polk can have a big game and Price reverts to form anything is possible, as the Huskies have proven the last two years.
USC vs. Washington: Huskies not Trojans' best friend
Washington's Steve Sarkisian and USC's Lane Kiffin are friendly rivals but the Trojans will seek to beat the Huskies coach for the first time in three meetings...
Battle Of The Visors - LA Daily News
Tomorrow's game will be a big matchup to see which visor-wearing former Pete Carroll assistant will assert dominance and assume the mantle of Caesar Jr. Steve Sarkisian currently holds the honor but is an underdog. Lane Kiffin looks ready to assume the title . . . if he can...
Saturday's game has special meaning for USC's Nickell Robey - LA TImes
The Trojans play Washington on the birthday of Robey's mother, who died not long after the sophomore cornerback signed a letter of intent to play at USC...
The pick - Seattle Times
The Huskies will take a shot tomorrow at something they haven't done since 1935 --- win games in consecutive years at USC.

That year, they beat the Trojans a whopping 6-2 a year after having won 14-7. Of course, UW rarely plays at USC (or anywhere else) in consecutive years --- the only other times it's occurred with USC are 1930-31 and 1988-89 (UW, in fact, played at both USC and UCLA in 1989, playing five conference road games and just three at home).

But UW plays here again tomorrow due to a quirk in the schedule created by expansion. As we wrote earlier this week, this could be UW's last trip here until 2015...
In Chris Polk, Trojans face one who got away: Talented running back committed to USC before changing his mind and signing with Washington, which visits the Coliseum to play the Trojans on Saturday.

Chris Polk could have been a Trojan.
USC hopes to pick apart Washington's defense: The Trojans want to attack the Huskies with passing and rushing. Senior tailback Marc Tyler has been cleared to play, but junior Curtis McNeal could start for USC.
We Are SC links: Trojans get surprise visit: USC gets a surprise visit from Tempe, Ariz., offensive lineman Andrus Peat; USC and Washington fighting for several recruits going into their game Saturday.
Trojans want to make up for consecutive last-second losses: Memories of two straight last-second losses to Washington are burned in USC's mind. The Trojans hope to flip the script Saturday.
Nickel Package: Looking at the key matchups against Washington Kyle Williams looks at the keys for USC as it tries to avoid a third straight heartbreaking loss to Washington.
Arrogant Game Preview: Washington Huskies: ...So, this is the battle of brothers.  Sark and Kiff duking it out.  We’ve been living in a messed up world where we lose multiple times to Washington and Stanford, we get sanctioned and Miami doesn’t, and Fondlegate runs rampant at Penn State.
Former USC defensive coordinator-turned-traitorous Northwest farmer’s market attendee Nick Holt called out our offense saying he’d rather face us than Oregon, which is fun to say when your pass defense ranks worst in the Pac 12.  That said, the biggest bulletin board material comes from Keith Price, young UDub QB, who has publicly responded to Mark Sanchez’s famous Mexican Flag mouthpiece...
Sandusky released, spotted near elementary school

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Arrogant Game Recap: Boulder Buffs - Lost Angeles:
Good Monday, Arrogant Nationals.  I write to you from the back of a wild boar as we are out hunting an animal so delicious and endangered I can’t tell you about what it’s called (it’d freak you out) or how it tastes (you’d think everything tastes like sandpaper from here on out).  I mean, it’s actually so delicious it borders on being disgusting, almost like, it’s so good I hate it because the bar is set too high. It’s like that scene in Once Upon a Time in Mexico where Johnny Depp kills the chef who made carnitas so good that he needed to murder someone.  And that’s me right now only I am on a boar (which are surprisingly amazing to drive, I am even able to blog on my Apple II I brought because I am just so Brooklyn).
So, we might as well talk about that football game we played against that school on that day that wasn’t Saturday (F U Larry Scott).  First of all, my enjoyment of this ass-kicking was severely limited by the fact that Folsom Field sucks.  It’s factual and I think it cannot be defended.

The biggest evidence this stadium was developed by children with crayons was the view the ESPN cameras had to use for the game...

Ranking the Pac --- Week 10 - Seattle Times:

Here they are. ...

1, Stanford --- Stanford (now 9-0, 7-0) preps for what is now the biggest game in Pac-12 history. The Cardinal has also won an astonishing 17 games in a row. Its 2006 season, when some were writing the Cardinal was maybe the worst in conference history, really isn't that long ago, which leads one to wonder if there has ever been a program in the history of the conference to go from that bad to that good (and good for a sustained period of time) so quickly.

2, Oregon --- The Ducks (8-1, 6-0) didn't have to work quite as hard as some thought to get past the Huskies and set up the likely all-or-nothing clash with the Cardinal for the Pac-12 North title. And worth noting one more time --- Oregon's not going anywhere anytime soon. Oregon had 10 seniors on the two-deep for Saturday's game with UW, only one more than Washington.

3, USC --- The Trojans (7-2, 4-2) are a similarly young team, though they'll probably be starting over at QB next year. Still, the rumors of USC's demise so far seem unfounded. Trojans could easily finish 9-3, which given everything would seem more than good enough...

Five questions, five answers --- USC- Seattle Times:
Q1: We'll start off first with kind of a big-picture question on how USC has responded to its NCAA sanctions. The conventional wisdom in a lot of places was that it might impact the motivation of the players. But USC seems to be playing at a pretty high level right now and that doesn't seem to be an issue, looking from the outside. Is that an accurate view, and how have the Trojans managed to keep the motivation high?

A: The sanctions and absence of an opportunity to play in a bowl game does not seem to be an issue for USC players in terms of motivation. If anything, coaches have used it as a rallying point. It's a classic "Us against them."...

ShelleyESPN: Three Questions with Coach Kiffin - Los Angeles USC Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
Steve Sarkisian says he’d take Matt Barkley over Andrew Luck - Orlando Sentinel:
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, whose team plays Southern California on Saturday, might’ve been playing mind games.

Or maybe he really thinks the whole “Suck for Luck” campaign is overstated.

Sarkisian said if he were an NFL coach, he’d select USC’s Matt Barkley over Heisman contender and consensus No. 1 selection Andrew Luck of Stanford in the NFL Draft...