First and foremost, Congratulations to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for beating my USC Trojans and most likely heading to the National Title Game. Here’s the thing about Notre Dame that’s funny; Before the season, I said that Notre Dame was practically irreverent and that if they didn’t win this year, they would probably never really matter that much as a program. Well the joke is on me. Notre Dame, led by senior linebacker Manti Te’o (He almost went to USC, imagine that) will be heading to the National Title Game to probably face Alabama. A dream season for the Irish fans who frankly deserve it.
Notre Dame fans are completely classy, and I respect their program a hell of a lot more than I respect UCLOL‘s (You may have beaten us on the field, but I’ll still mock you). Te’o has had my respect as a football player since this September. He lost his grandma and his girlfriend in the same week, and then went and balled out of his mind against Michigan State. That alone gains my respect for the guy, and hopefully he can win the Heisman Trophy because good guys deserve good things.
All week, I thought Notre Dame would win this football game. Why? Because I felt like even though USC has better talent on the field, Notre Dame is much more sound and they play perfect football. USC is all about flash and substance; Notre Dame is all about grinding out victories, and toughness. In my honest opinion, I think Notre Dame can matchup with Alabama or Georgia because they want to play the same way they want to. Brian Kelly is a better coach than people think, and Notre Dame’s defense is better than people think.
USC’s season has been a comedy of errors. In fact, I found myself laughing through most of this game last night because USC’s defense doesn’t GET it. Notre Dame’s quarterback Everett Golson is good, and probably one of the best quarterbacks we’ve faced this year. But why are we going to play cover 2 against him? Why make this guy sit back and carve us up like Hundley, Mariota, Scott, and even Josh Nunes. I already told you all last week that the Tampa 2 was terrible and tonight was another example of it. The funny thing about USC is that I don’t think the defense played THAT bad tonight. I mean, they held Notre Dame to 5 field goals. Sure, USC can’t get off the field on 3rd downs. It’s been a huge problem all season long, but they did just enough to win a ballgame.
USC’s offense wasn’t that bad considering what they were going up against. Max Wittek BALLED (It’s his job to lose). Silas Redd will return, and he provided a spark. Marqise Lee is a sophomore, and he can make plays. I think Robert Woods will be gone, and if it was his last night playing in the Coliseum, he played like Robert Woods. The problem with USC’s offense isn’t the players. It’s not the talent. It’s the playcalling.
Lane Kiffin doesn’t get it. This is USC. We play for Championships. Lane, we don’t play for the Sun Bowl. We play and win Rose Bowls. The Granddaddy. We’re not one of those programs who’s excited to just make a bowl. USC ran a slogan all summer saying “We Play to Rise.” My personal favorite was “We Play for Roses.” Lane Kiffin has spun this into “We Play to go 7-5.” Nigga Kiffin really is saying “We Play For the Sun Bowl.” Where the hell is the Sun Bowl at? We aren’t the University of Washington, bro (speaking of UW, their fans can stop talking about my team and how they were ranked and we weren’t when they just lost to Washington State. Washington State. Who lost to Colorado. Don’t ever speak of USC again.). This is the University of Southern California, where you are judged off of performances in big games on National TV. (I googled where the Sun Bowl is, and it’s El Paso, Texas. Nigga, we’re going to Mexico for New Years? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!)
LANE, WE’RE GOING TO MEXICO? NIGGA WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!
Last week, I talked about how playcalling has been an issue all season long.
When it comes down to situations, Lane Kiffin has no idea what he’s doing, and this has happened plenty of times this season.
Last night, once again. Lane Kiffin struck GOLD when it came to being clueless. Sometimes, I think Lane Kiffin forgets that he has two first round picks at receiver. I think Lane tries to be too fancy at times instead of being simple. Last night was easily one of those nights where Kiffin was just… I don’t even know the right word. How about Terrible? Yeah, that’s right. USC is down 9 and it’s first and goal with about 4 minutes left. Just watch the video.
Two QB sneaks, a run, and then a rollout pass to ………. Soma Vainuku? ND’s run defensive line is dominant, and they showed their dominance in the 2nd half. USC’s offensive line is good, but not that good to counter that. At least not this year. I can understand the first QB sneak. because that’s logical. You’re at the half yard line. Call it. But why not go back to Marqise Lee vs some freshman corner? It got you to the half yard line. Try it again. Then keep trying it. He’s the best receiver, if not player in college football. The 4th down call is still unbelievably stupid. Soma Vainuku can’t catch anything. You tried this at Stanford. Dropped. Tried at Arizona. Dropped. And then tonight. Dropped.
The crazy thing is that USC still would have lost tonight regardless. Notre Dame’s offense isn’t the greatest in the world, but SC’s defense wasn’t gonna stop them. Especially with having just one timeout left. It’s frustrating as a fan to see your favorite team go through this type of struggle because of coaching. You can have all of the talent in college football (USC has top 5 talent, honestly), and yet an average coach doesn’t know how to use his players well. I told my mom today that Kiffin didn’t put Max Wittek in a position to win this ballgame, and I was correct.
Everyone looks at Matt Barkley for saying that he had “unfinished business” in college football, and how USC wanted to “take back” the conference, and the Nation. With this type of talent, you should believe that you can end up at least playing for the Rose Bowl, if not the National Title. But Kiffin’s play-calling cost Matthew a shot at something every USC QB wants to do: Win the Rose Bowl. That’s how we judge guys around here. Rose Bowls. It’s sad as hell that Matthew Barkley will not play in a BCS game. It’s sad that he has to go this season of hell because of his coach’s inability to put him in a situation to win.
For example, against Stanford, Kiffin actually said that he didn’t have the team ready to play. My opinion? Kiffin’s arrogance simply costed USC games. Sure, Kiffin isn’t turning the ball over. Kiffin isn’t have the foolish penalties. But he’s the coach. Take some accountability for your team bro. Instead of having wise cracks in the media about your quarterback, who turned down top 5 money to come back and finish some business (that business was never really finished), you should probably appreciate it.
After the game, Kiffin made this comment:
I’d be disappointed too. I hear them. I feel them. Regardless of scholarship reductions. We’ve got to do better.
Lane. The season is over, bro. In fact, as a fan……… I was lost once SC lost to Arizona because I knew that if SC couldn’t beat Arizona, they had no shot against Oregon, and some shot at UCLA & Notre Dame. Getting down double digits in games, the players not having any energy, that’s a reflection of their coach. Scholarship reductions didn’t make USC lose 5 games this year. Lack of game adjustments, suspect play-calling, and bad schemes on defense hurt the USC Trojans.
This is gonna be a long off-season, especially if USC loses in Mexico for the Sun Bowl. I don’t even know. I’ll probably never go to USC in my life, but I’m always gonna be a fan. Things have to change, though. What has to? I’m not even sure. I don’t think Lane Kiffin should be fired. But Kiffin’s honeymoon period is OVER, and as a fanbase, we can’t sit and defend his every little move. Kiffin is still young, and his X’s and O’s are flawed (He’s a worst version of John Calipari when it comes to coaching). Does he have a chance to improve himself? Of course he does. But last night showed that Lane Kiffin is incapable of being an offensive coordinator, and being a coach at the same time. Lane, it’s time to hire an offensive coordinator. Time to put someone up in the booth for them to call the plays. It’s only right.
USC right now is terrible. It’s a terrible football team, and that’s me being nice. If you would have told me in August that USC would have 5 losses by December, I would have laughed my ass off. Literally would have just laughed. It’s weird to see this team with all the talent, not win because of coaching. Not because they aren’t good, but because of coaching. It’s hilarious to me.
But hey. USC has 5 losses. No excuses. Just a lot of head-scratching, and attempting to never remember this season. Pure stressful, and hey it’s over now. USC fans, we got Kiffin’d last night. Badly. I’m a young USC fan, and I’ve been spoiled. Most USC fans have lived through Hackett/Robinson and this is nothing to them. To me, this is just the end of everything. I’ve only known one USC coach in Uncle Pete Carroll, and even his last season began this whole failure. I’m not sure where to go from here as a program because this season was a major failure. I’m always gonna “fight on” because that’s the only thing to do. But is Kiffin the answer for coaching this team? We all know he can recruit, but a lot of changes need to occur for USC to reach that level of excellence again. Sure, the sanctions are gonna be over in a few years, and USC is actually doing a good job within it, but at the same time, sanctions aren’t the excuses for this 7-5 season. Kiffin is.
Lane Kiffin, it’s time for you to hire an offensive coordinator, and just focus on being a coach from here on out. Your play-calling days are OVER, sir. If you want to save yourself in my eyes as the coach of my favorite team ever, fix yourself. Then, fix this program. We all know that this recruiting class will be a top 10 class, but you have to coach them on the field when it actually matters. Win a big game that’s on National TV. Prove me wrong, Lane. Please.
Fight On, everyone.