God bless the USC Trojans

CODY!!!!!

Remember the blog I wrote on Thursday about how I love the USC Trojans? (If you haven’t read it, click here) Well, the USC Trojans delivered and brought tears of joy to the fanbase, knocking off #4 Stanford 20-17 and in the process, Interim head coach Ed Orgeron is making a strong, strong case to be the next coach of the USC Program. Cody Kessler had a coming out party to the national media/audience, and guess what? These aren’t your USC Trojans from September. Simply put it like this: this team has bought into the  one heartbeat, one team motto, and for the first time in a long long time, as a fan, I feel really good about where the program is headed.

Kessler threw for 288 yards, and a TD, while controlling the game and making the plays when USC needed them. Crazy isn’t it? I was watching this game with my homie for life, Adam and both of us were stressed, but not a bad stressed. All credit to Stanford. That’s a top 10 team and I hope the polls don’t drop them too far. Stanford’s defense (Skov and Murphy are All-Americans) is ridiculous. There was one point where USC had 15 yards rushing in the 2nd half. But USC, this USC team didn’t fold like previous teams. SC forced the key turnovers, and made all the plays with the defense and special teams. From the Chad Wheeler blocked field goal after the Kessler fumble, to the Dion Bailey and Su’a Cravens picks (Kevin Hogan made one of the most boneheaded plays I’ve ever seen. 2nd and 2, and you throw it up for grabs as you’re about to get dragged down? Thank you, Kevin. Hope to see you next year) to Andre Heidari finally making a kick that wins it after Kessler threw a slant route to Marqise Lee, and then got a big completion to Nelson Agholor.

LOOK AT MY DUDE PAT!!!
LOOK AT MY DUDE PAT!!!

As a fan, this was sweet to beat Stanford this year. No, not because it’s been 4 years since the Trojans have beaten them. Everything that the program has been through this year, from the NCAA being lol worthy, to the Kiffin firing, this, this win tonight from USC is the reason they’ll always be my team for life. It’s crazy to me. Like words can’t describe how much this win means to not just me, but to everyone. I cried last night. Just emotional tears of joy because when you see a team battle and compete through adversity, it makes me proud as hell to be a fan. I’ve been a fan since elementary school, and this might be my favorite team ever. No, this team won’t be like the 2003 or 2004 teams and win National Titles. But this 2013 USC Trojans team has done everything right. They’ve played hard for Coach O, and truly fought on. 

USC has 8 wins. 5-1 since Coach O was promoted the coaching gig. USC, in a “down” season a month and a half ago has the same amount of wins as the other team across town. Sit on that for a second. USC, with UCLA’s (And a little help from Arizona) help could play for the Pac-12 conference title. At the end of September, I would have never guessed this. But now? It’s purely possible that the USC Trojans could finish the season with 10 wins. Ay yi yi.

THE STEPFATHER OF THE PROGRAM

No matter what happens long-term or in the short-term, All hail Coach O forever. Coach O for Pac-12 coach of the year. Hell, Coach O for National Coach of the Year. If USC goes 7-1 to end the regular season, how does he NOT get at least one of those? Seriously. I wasn’t that big of a believer at first in Coach O, but after the Arizona game, I bought in with it. If he’s not around the SC program next year, it’ll be okay. The way this season has gone, he’s forever a legendary Trojan in my eyes. Not only is he a leader, he’s letting the guys have fun because he is……… #TheStepfather of the USC program. Fight On, forever Coach O.

So pretty much, USC, thank you for one Saturday on reminding me that no matter what, we’ll always be USC. It’s too early to say that I can smell roses because we don’t even control that (Ironically, UCLA does), but we’re 8-3. With a big time win on National TV for everyone to see that even though we have tough times, we’re USC. God bless, SC. Forever and ever.

#FightOn. #BeatTheBuffs 

USC Football, I love you forever

buck allen swag

If you would have told me a month ago that the USC Trojans would be playing a national televised game on ABC on Saturday Night against Stanford, I would have laughed at you. Seriously. Not just laughed. I probably would have told you to “kiss my ass” and have a slap cam on you.

If you would have told me that Javorius Allen would be called by his actual first name, and not his nickname “Buck,” and would actually be playing (and playing like we need to start the #BUCKFORHEISMAN2014 campaign) instead of riding the bench because the old coach didn’t want to play him, I’d be confused on why he was even playing in the first place.

If you would have told me that Ed Orgeron would actually look like a legit head coach and have the USC Trojans playing like a top 20 team in the country with JUST 47 scholarship players, I’d give you a confused look. Seriously. Knowing Coach O’s history as a head coach, I would have been like, “What the hell are you smoking?”

But here we are. It’s about to be the 3rd weekend in the month of November and USC is heading into a showdown on Saturday Night Football against the #4th ranked Stanford “A Tree is our mascot” Cardinal.  As a fan, this season has been ridiculous, and yet SC is still relevant. Once Lane Kiffin was fired for being Lane Kiffin, this team has looked like a different team. Watching SC now is actually fun. Win or lose (They’ve lost one game since Coach O has taken over, btw), this team just looks confident and loose, something that wasn’t seen when Kiff was coaching.

the stepfather
the stepfather of the program

No, I’m not saying Lane Kiffin isn’t a bad coach, Kiffin stans (Okay, maybe I am because since the Arizona game last year in the desert, I don’t know what the hell happened to Lane Kiffin. It’s like he left his own corpse in Tuscon ),  I’m simply saying that clearly, his style of coaching wasn’t working for these guys. It’s one thing to be uptight like, say Nick Saban. But in the midst of Saban’s childish temper tantrums, he’s actually a leader. It’s clearly obvious that he (Kiffin) wasn’t a leader. And while Coach O might be an interim head coach, but he’s shown leadership, which is exactly what this team has needed.

Coach O’s motto has been “One heartbeat, One team.” And that’s what it is. Let’s be honest here. 47 scholarship players. Injuries to almost everyone including all-world stud, Marqise Lee. Yet, no complaints or excuses about it from Coach O and the team about it. They just go out, and control what they can control on the field. Think about it, how bad as USC played at the beginning of the season, the horrible loss to Washington State, and the game that got Kiffin fired in Tempe, USC is actually 7-3. In fact, If Andre Heidari could get himself out of his feelings and make kicks, USC would be ranked right now (It’s probably better that they aren’t. Because we aren’t in #GodsConference).

nelson da gawd

So Saturday. Right…. Saturday. I was watching the Champions Classic two nights ago, and I came across the commercial:

and needless to say, I didn’t bop. I did the money dance.  USC hasn’t beaten Stanford in 4 years. At some point, I’m expecting that to end. Last year, I might have jinxed my boys with this,(https://shaunhoward.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/matt-barkley-its-time/), but it’s a new year. Yes, I expect the football nerds   to show up and play well. Because that’s what Stanford does. They play their game. Power. Power. Play Action. Hogan quarterback keeps. Power.  Stanford’s running back last week had 45 carries against Oregon. 45.

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But do I expect the Trojans to play well? Hell yes. Do I expect USC to win? Hell yeah, I do. One of my Twitter followers told me a month ago that even in dark times, SC will always rise up. And that’s happening. With everything that’s gone wrong, this, this season looks like maybe it’s gonna go right. Win or lose on Saturday night, I’m already proud of how these guys and how they’ve proved a lot of people wrong, and have actually fought on under Coach O.

I’m ready for Saturday. I’m ready to watch Cody ball out. I’m ready to this team grow and show the country that no matter how bad the NCAA screwed us over (Seriously though. The NCAA is full of you know what. Reggie Bush’s parents get a house, not him and USC gets the near death penalty. Miami has a dude in the program, and they only lose 9 scholarships for three years. Penn State got their scholarships BACK. But USC can’t get theirs back? Lol, I bet the NCAA is sick that USC is gonna play in another bowl this year even though we’re MAKING them money for being a somewhat decent team for being good with 45 guys. Kiss it, Mark Emmert), no matter the drama surrounding the program and AD Pat Haden looking for the next coach, and all the injuries, that USC is still here. We’re still relevant, and we’re coming for your ass, Stanford (and maybe the rest of America in due time).

It’s time to watch this team party in the endzone. No matter what happens on Saturday, I love you USC. Forever and ever. Fight On. Beat the Farm.

BUCK ALLEN!!!

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USC/Stanford Prediction.

USC wins 49-28.

I know, I know.

Stanford has a strong running game,  and a decent defense, but this is the game where I think the USC defense takes over in the 2nd half.

We all know about Stepfan Taylor, and Stanford’s huge offensive line. But with this new quarterback, and new corners who are completely terrible… this might get ugly. The national media is playing up the narrative that Matt Barkley hasn’t beaten Stanford since he’s been the starting QB. Shoot, even I wrote a letter to Matt (https://shaunhoward.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/matt-barkley-its-time/) about how he needs to beat the Farm. I mean, I’m sitting here thinking about the reasons how Stanford could beat USC tonight. There really aren’t much positive things going for them. Stanford averages 300+ yards a game on offense, but is giving up 350+ yards on offense. Stanford’s first two opponents? San Jose State and Duke.

We all know about USC’s struggles to find their 2nd corner back, and I think this is the game, Torin Harris FINALLY takes it. I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but Lamar Dawson will start with Dion Bailey and Hayes Pollard. If anything, I think this is the game where USC’s young defensive line dominates the line of scrimmage. They’ve played well early on, but I think now, this is where they take over the game.

On offense, we all know about Barkley/Marqise Lee/ Robert Woods. I expect those two to have big games. But eventually, Matt has to show love to the Tight Ends, right? Randall Telfer and Xavier Grimble are impact players at Tight End, and Stanford can’t scheme stop all of the offensive weapons. I expect Lane Kiffin to open up the playbook. Granted, SC’s averaging 40+ with a vanilla playbook and vanilla playcalls (Kiff called 11 screen passes last Saturday), but you can’t beat a ranked opponent with  this type of playbook. He knows it, and the fans know it.

Khaled Holmes was injured last week at the end of the Syracuse game, and nobody knows if he’ll play. I honestly don’t expect him to because he got rolled up pretty badly last week, and was carted off. Never a good sign when a lineman is carted off the field. But maybe that was for pre-caution.

I’m expecting nothing less than a USC victory on Saturday Night. Stanford will be good by the end of the year, but right now?

Too much Trojans.

– Shaun

 

USC wins 49-10

Wasn’t really close.

Marqise Lee might could be the best college football player in the land.

USC really didn’t play well offensively.

Lots of dropped passes from Lee and Woods.

Running game was terrible.

Lots to work on, but they’ll be fine.

Defensively, USC played great.

Defensive Line was outstanding.

Secondary was decent.

Linebackers were fast and flying around.

Hayes Pollard is real.

But yeah, USC wins. Good game from everyone.