USC fans confuse me.

The USC Trojans are 10-2, a fringe top ten team heading into a bye week after beating their crosstown rivals on Saturday night.   USC clinched a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game already by winning the south division two Saturday afternoons ago  in a weird game in the place where The Chainsmokers claimed their ex had roommates from in that one song (We ain’t ever getting older).

USC should* win the Pac-12 championship. . As a fan, I say should because conference title games are tricky, but USC is playing the best in one of the worst conferences right now, and they have the best roster, although Stanford and Washington State could give problems.

This season, a lot of USC fans have made me angrier than I should be.  I for one predicted 10-2 or 11-1 (show tweet) in January because when I saw the schedule, I saw at least two losses at most because of the bye week, and the placement of how USC had to travel to Pullman on a Friday night, then play Notre Dame in South Bend as they would come off a bye week after playing a physical Utah team. It was obvious. Shit happens.

The word “fan” is short for “fanatic.” USC fans whine more than any other fanbase in college athletics. Here’s a team that’s 10-2, yes. Playing their best ball as of late, and yet – these fans think that everybody should be fired. Why should everybody be fired on the staff for? Because they aren’t going to reach the playoff? That’s why Clay Helton should be fired?

I know. I complain a lot about USC (I haven’t this season as much because unlike you guys, I’m actually happy with how they’ve played this season outside of the Notre Dame game). This is outrageous and over the top.

USC isn’t a perfect team. Nobody in college football is, though. USC has flaws on offense and that starts with the golden boy quarterback (although the golden boy has been really good as of late). Word.

USC takes lapses off in games. Okay. Clay Helton is still green as a coach, same with Tee Martin as offensive coordinator. Cool.

That means we need to fire a coaching staff that has been successful in the 2+ years Helton has been head coach?

USC has won games ugly this year. It’s been strange but it reminds me of the Pete Carroll seasons, too. You know, the days these guys want so badly. It’s weird because when I was 16, I would act the same way most of these fans do. Spoiled. Can’t understand how great winning actually is. The ugly, comeback wins that USC has had would not have happened when Kiffin or Sarkisian were coaching.

Remember 2014 and the meltdowns that occurred that season. I do. I remember staying up late watching the Utah game and seeing Sark and his legion fold under pressure.

Remember 2012 and how USC lost a game to Arizona and Kiffin blamed Matt Barkley’s incompletion pass in Tucson (Kiffin played the blink 182 song and beat it to death there)  just because his face screamed PANIC? Remember losing the Mexico Sun Bowl on New Year’s Eve?

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Yall wanna go back to this?!??!?

I think we need to examine the state of the program right now, and how good we really have it.

Why are you so angry over this team, and coaching staff? Are you angry over a winning record because they didn’t beat a team 45-0 on Saturday? Are you mad at they lost two games to take themselves out of playoff contention, then mad at that people won’t place them into consideration for it? I’m struggling to see where there is a problem.

USC starts games off slow, sure. As the game goes along, they play better. Pete’s teams – the guy you all clamor for still has his teams play the same way in their peak.

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(Nov. 10, 2017 – Source: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images North America

It’d be one thing if USC was 5-4, struggling to win the south when they clearly have the best talent. But when everybody in the conference cannibalized each other yet again, there’s no need to complain. Yes, I love national championships. It’s been ages since USC has gotten one.

That being said, we can agree that program is back to contending for championships, right? This is the first time in almost 9 years USC has put themselves with the opportunity to win the conference. The last time they won this conference, it was still the Pac-10.

Pete’s mantra was “Own the Rose Bowl.” He always stated about how it was important to win the conference and get to the Rose Bowl. Yeah, I know. Pasadena is hosting the playoff game so USC won’t be there this season. But what’s wrong with a possible trip to Arizona?

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Look man, all I’m saying is – enjoy this shit. 10-2 with no bye weeks until Thanksgiving week is really a great season. 

If they go 11-2, win the conference title and end up in a New Year’s Day six bowl game, why are we as a fanbase supposedly to be mad? I know Clay wasn’t yalls first choice. He definitely wasn’t mine. But you know what? He beat my first choice in Seattle last year. Helton’s isn’t perfect, but outside of Nick Saban, who really is?

Whether some of you like it or not, the program has improved this year. Last year, they were 9-3 and got into the Rose Bowl due to Washington drumming Colorado in the conference title game. Now? They control their own destiny. 

Be patient. Calm down. Drink a beer. The national championship seasons will come. Fight On.   

 

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