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.

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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).

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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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College Football is wild, man

I’ll keep this short.

Florida State opened up the college football season by being Florida State and losing to a team that they shouldn’t have. They are like USC- East to me. But Florida State will lose two more games this year anyway because that’s their motto, kids.

LSU’s loss to Florida means nothing because they play in the SEC (Or as I call it, God’s conference). They beat South Carolina, they’ll be back in the top 5.

Florida isn’t a top 4 team, man. But at the same time, you have to respect what they did to LSU’s offense, even though LSU’s offense is BAD.

I’m thinking South Carolina is the best team in the SEC, but I don’t want Alabama fans to kill me, so I’ll be quiet.

Oregon is the best team out west… but USC is slowly coming for them. Don’t let that loss to Stanford fool you; USC is still a good football team.

If LSU and USC lose any more games, November 3rd will be terrible. All hyped up, no substance.

Meanwhile, Notre Dame, Kansas State, and West Virginia are teams that we all need to watch out for. Notre Dame hasn’t given up a defensive touchdown in at least a month, Kansas State loves to ground and pound you with their quarterback Collin Klein, and West Virginia can score with ANYONE with their video game offense.

College Football just became funnier this past weekend, and surely, fireworks will continue.

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

 

Notre Dame goes ACC… but not in football?

While I was busy today, the University of Notre Dame announced that in all sports but football will join the ACC. I’m gonna assume this will happen next season. While the football program will still be independent (why? I don’t even know), they’ll play against 5 ACC teams a year.

I guess this is cool?

I mean, Notre Dame needs to just join a conference when it comes to football. Sure, you don’t want to share anything money wise, but you haven’t been ranked #1 since 1993. Step back, and share some money with other teams.

Notre Dame is 2-0 this year (Shocking as hell, man), but faces a tough test this weekend against Michigan State.

 

USC has new cleats+other news

Hmm, these are dope

According to the 2012 Heisman Winner (his twitter account displayed in the picture), USC will wear these bad boys soon. Could we see them week one? Who knows. All I know is, that USC will most likely wear these cleats.

Most USC fans think that USC is becoming Oregon (More on them if you scroll down), just from these cleats. But, it’s not a big deal. Well, not to me.

In other news and lately developments (aka Shaun will just ramble and not make sense),

College Football  is next Saturday.

All these waiting for a season will finally be over. All the shit talking that SEC Nation has done will probably be increased and it’ll even be more ridiculous than it already is. But College Gameday is coming back.

USC plays Hawaii next Saturday. I’m sure the homie Zack Jerome (http://lostangelesblog.wordpress.com/) will do his hilarious pre-game and post game analysis. And it’ll be even better this year.

The primetime attraction is Bama vs Michigan in Dallas. Of course it’s in Dallas. SEC Nation refuses to play a neutral site game outside the South. I mean, at least Michigan has a big enough following unlike that team with the crazy ass uniforms south from me but north from LA.

Speaking of THAT team, Oregon fans are still talking about how USC went to Autzen and beat them. That happened in November. Nobody really cares anymore. Except for you. An Oregon fan tried to tell me how “Oregon wasn’t on their game, and how Oregon had to play Stanford before, and that it was a trap game, and that USC got lucky.” Blah. Blah. Blah. I’ll address this before the season starts.

Look, Oregon fans.

USC is NOT your rival. Not even close. Won’t ever be. I mean, I get it. You can believe it because ESPN thinks that USC and Oregon are developing a rivalry. Sure, we’ve had some battles over the years, but USC fans really don’t care about yall. If anything, USC fans care more about how shitty #UCLOL is doing, or Notre Dame, than you. I’ll even be honest here. The way those two schools are playing, we might have one rival, and that’s Stanford. Maybe even Cal, but it’s not as deep as it was in the mid-2000s.

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Not to mention, USC didn’t get lucky in that game. USC kinda kicked your ass for 3 1/2 quarters. Yeah, we took advantage of your mistakes by your terrible corners, and a trash defense. But that’s what great teams do. They take advantage by watching film and creating a legit gameplan to beat you. Sure, you didn’t play offensively until you actually HAD to, but young defense kinda grew up before our eyes during that game in November. I’ll put it like this Oregon fans: If the refs call a PI on Barks’ throw to Woody that got picked, and Mark Tyler doesn’t fumble… USC puts up 52 points in Autzen. So… all this bullshit about “if we had another 10 minutes, blah blah blah,” you actually had to stop our offense without us making a mistake. But I’m here making excuses on a game that we actually won.

Oh I’m sorry, i’m too busy eating with Robert Woods

Most Oregon fans started watching football in 2007 anyway, so I’ll let them talk reckless and not worry about them.

Wanna know why I don’t care about them?

College Football isn’t serious. It’s fun. USC could lose 1-3 games this year, and this season will still be fun. Wanna know why? The moment you take shit serious, and then, they lose, you’re left with nothing. I’m sleep on this though.

IM SLEEP

Did I mention that Lane Kiffin is a boss?

Blogs on Bold and the Beautiful, ESPN and Tebow, and how I became a USC fan will be up soon. I promise you.

Other than that, have an excellent #Sadderday.

– Shaun