Stanford’s Luck has the edge over Barkley


When time expired, the freshman quarterback celebrated on the field with his teammates. He had just led his team to victory against the only remaining undefeated team in the Pac-10. The quarterback completed 12 of 20 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns in the 51-42 shootout. He did not throw an interception. The then-ranked […]

The Gauntlet’s gone, but rivalry remains


Stay with me now. In general, USC fans don’t like UCLA fans, and UCLA fans don’t like USC fans. Right? That much we know for sure. But why? Well, that’s another question. Trojans or Bruins often press for an answer when you ask them why they don’t like each other. And unlike some may tell […]

Lessons loom from infamous upset


Ah, homecoming — a time for students, fans and alumni to join together and party themselves into oblivion. And I guess there’s a football game too. A 12:30 p.m. kickoff may be somewhat of a buzzkill for most USC fans, but the Trojans are probably just happy to be returning home. The last four games […]

The Pac-10 needs to become the Pac-12


No USC fan wants to relive last weekend’s embarrassment in Eugene. The Trojans were outworked, outhustled and outplayed. USC needs a small-scale game like this Saturday’s in Tempe, Ariz. to regain its skills, swagger and dominant attitude. If the Trojans recover their form, there’s no doubt they would love a rematch with Oregon at the […]

Oregon controls the Pac-10 realm


The strangest part about Saturday’s loss to Oregon wasn’t how it transpired. It was how it felt afterward. It didn’t feel like just a loss. It felt like a revolution. Past losses have felt like exactly what they were: unexpected defeats. The loss at Washington six weeks ago was a hiccup, a setback the Trojans […]

The injuries just keep adding up for Trojans


Sports are very unpredictable. Just ask a Vegas bookie about USC’s home loss to Stanford in 2007. Or about the likelihood of Notre Dame’s fourth quarter near-comeback against the Trojans three weeks ago. Or even about the chance that a home underdog would beat the then-No. 5 team in the nation by 27 points. But […]

A break-up letter from the Pac-10 to USC


It’s not you, it’s me. All right, that’s not true — it is you. But breaking up is hard to do, and I’m new at this. We’ve been inseparable for what seems like forever. Whenever somebody mentioned “Pac-10,” they couldn’t help but bring up “USC.” As a perennial champion, you gave meaning to me as […]

USC can’t make any excuses this time


Autzen Stadium was as loud as it was cracked up to be, but the loss wasn’t about the noise. The Trojans were flagged six times for false start, but it wasn’t about the penalties. And USC had just as many takeaways as Oregon, but it wasn’t about the turnovers either. For the first time since […]

No excuses for USC this time around


Autzen Stadium was as loud as it was cracked up to be, but it wasn’t about the noise. The Trojans were flagged six times for false start, but it wasn’t about the penalties. And USC had just as many takeaways as Oregon, but it wasn’t about the turnovers either. For the first time since Pete […]

Trojans won’t be haunted by Ducks


Here’s a scary scenario for USC fans: It’s Halloween night and the USC football team is up in Eugene, Ore., trick-or-treating. But instead of terrorizing homeowners with intimidation and trepidation, the Trojans fall victim to the spell of the Ducks and leave empty-handed. This isn’t your far-fetched Halloween horror movie. This is real. USC arguably […]