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This years USC Trojans are anything but an interesting pick on a weekly basis. The arrived in the Coliseum for game one against a 2016 12-1 team in Western Michigan and basically slept through the first three quarters and darn near lost the opener. Surely didn't tell the college football Gods and reason to believe in all the hype for 2017. The schedule for USC was never going to be easy but this Jekyll & Hyde we have been seeing is lacking the Hyde attitude that's for sure. Too much of the Doctor for this publisher to stomach. Where's my pepto?

This is Notre Dame week and the Trojans are underdogs. The Irish are licking their chops as they have the benefit of a bye week to prepare for the Trojans and a ...

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USC is 6-1 and feeling like 1-6 in the media. The locker room is not feeling the way it did at this time last year. Last year this team was coming out of a funk. They were believing in themselves. This year the team is better when coming from behind although at times they have a great first series and go right down the field but then Im not sure who the team is until it get's behind.

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When the dust settles and the plane lands in Utah they can hold their heads high. Their coach knew that to tie that game up which he could do was not going to hold up. The USC Trojans behind Ronald Jones punishing running style and raw twitch speed would close this game out. The Utah Utes went for two when they could have settled for overtime. I applaud the team. The coach, Kyle Whittingham, knew this was going to be hero or goat. Too many this was shock. Why would Whittingham not trust his team to take this to overtime and end the 101 year streak of losses in Los Angeles?

Coach Whittigham had seen enough of the 2016 version of Sam Darnold in the second half. But he fears #25 Ronald Jones even more. He made the right decision. The play called would have worked had his quarterback looked up at that last minute as he turned up field to score only to find the Trojans Defense ready for the roll out and challenge. They stuffed the Utes right in their tracks. Victory to the USC Trojans on a night where they tried to beat themselves throughout the first half.

To come back like the Trojans did last night is a sign that this team can will itself to right the ship. Think about it, we are talking about a 6-1 team. The top team in the South Division and in control of their path to the Rose Bowl and maybe the playoffs should the polls continue to work in their favor. Time will tell. The Trojans cannot let up now. They had a game with mistakes that must be corrected. Timing and fumbling has to stop. They corrected the interception trend well. But the ball handling with Sam has to be corrected. Get the RB gloves out on Sam and lets toughen up his grip!

They say you take the good with the bad with a gunslinger. Sam knows he has a defensive QB in Cam Smith and he knows that Cam finds a way to correct mistakes by the offense. Knowing this the mistakes and gambles are difficult to watch but do payoff many times over when the Risk is a Reward for the gamble. Exciting and painful at times there are far more good than bad endings. Credit Clancy Pendergast for turning on a big valve in the second half after the Utes ran deep and often on the Trojans in the first half. They shut them down for the entire second half less one drive. It was quite the display.

Notre Dame is next up and a chance to go 7-1 is a real strong opportunity against an improving Notre Dame.

Fight On!

Sam Darnold will regain his confidence this week. The timing with the new receivers and injuries is a lot to process but Sam will respond

Oregon State Week and we need to focus on a solid team response. Let it fly Saturday #FightOn

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Well all good things must come to an end. Winning forever is a great focus and desire but we all know that this is not forever. It get's to state of mind and it's good to focus on winning forever and building an attitude of being invincible but history tells us all that this is not sustainable for ever. So when a great streak comes to a streaking halt what happens next? How does a team or individual handle the transition from that unbeatable phase to today's reality and get ready for the next foe?

USC Football is clearly in the path of transition. The fan base is on fire again. On fire to rid itself of the useless head coach who is 4-1 and in his last fourteen games only 13-1. Bum. How can we as fans tolerate this! Surely there are more worthy head coaches who can take our proud tradition to it's lofty goal of number one in the nation every week. Talk about a first question for the interviews.

Then there is the mysterious disappearance of the Heisman quarterback, Sam Darnold. This elite do everything win everything incredible young man who has been struggling to get out of the starting gate this year. The injuries the soft practices that are not resulting in healthy starters each week. So why go soft if the results are the same? So many questions and emotions surround the USC Football program today. I would have to say that a lot of these questions did not blow up this week they have been building since opening week.

There is a pattern in the USC games in 2017. They seem to have a pretty good opening drive. Great plays. Good play selection and timing. A team that looks like its former self. But then, literally in the very next series, the team goes 3 and out. Forcing plays that fail over and over again. They seem to want to dictate rather than take what is given. It's interesting as the definition of insanity is similar to what we are seeing on the offensive side.

This week we take on an Oregon State Beaver program that is still one of the weaker programs in college football. They are not suppose to compete physically with USC but this years team and everything we have seen so far tells me that anything is possible in this game. Who will start? Who can start physically? Trojans need to come out in the first quarter and take this talk of physicality to a new level. Introduce the Beavers to the tip of the Trojan spear. Light up the play book and if something goes flat don't go their again and again. The play book has many pages. Use them. Liberate this stale offense for the Defense is there. The special teams are getting better. If this offense shows up against OSU we have the ability to turn this rudderless ship in the right direction.

Let us not forget that one year ago our record was not 4-1 going in to game six. We own the control of the South. Win the South. Win the Pac-12 and hold on with one loss and the CFB playoffs are not out of the question.

Fight On

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The weather dialed this one up to be perfect. Mid 70's and the clouds clearing as the kickoff neared. A sell out crowd of approximately 93,000 enjoyed a full day of an amazing tailgate experience and weather unlike the Stanford game one week ago. This was a national tv delight. This crowd filled in on time and tip of the hat to the USC administration giving everyone plenty of notice on what to expect with the construction and loss of entry points. Add to the mix one of the best tailgate experiences you can imagine for a college football game and it was a special day.

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