Winter is still unsure for Rams and NFC

Week 6 of the NFL season proved that a fine line between winning and losing extends to all 32 teams, regardless of current momentum. It also gave reason to believe many squads can compete at similar levels until winter comes. Granted, since we’re not yet at the regular season’s halfway point, we don’t know how […]

Viscarra’s Vice: Dodgers flipping script this postseason

Oh yeah, something’s definitely different. The past five seasons of Los Angeles Dodgers baseball have reaped five divisional titles and three trips to the NLCS. But in each of those postseason runs, something was undoubtedly missing from those teams, hindering their pursuit of World Series glory. Dodger squads of postseasons past lacked something — something […]

Grinding Gears: Two-point stop keeps Trojans’ year alive

Two yards. That’s all that kept USC from its season being over, its College Football Playoff hopes narrowed significantly and national championship hopes dashed. But instead, redshirt junior cornerback Ajene Harris dove and tackled Utah quarterback Troy Williams as he ran for the end zone. Williams fell two yards shy, failing to execute the two-point […]

Weekend does not bode well for Trojans

Being frank, I thought USC looked its worst this season during last Saturday’s 38-10 win over Oregon State. The stats on the surface were strong: a four-touchdown cushion, 316 passing yards (three scores) for redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold and more than 500 yards of total offense. But the Beavers are a team in shambles […]

Rankings should not count the Trojans out

I don’t really understand how national rankings work. Of course, I understand the premise of voters and polls based on point differentials and strength-of-schedule statistics. I’ve read plenty of explainer columns that break down the variety of factors that are put into deciding the national rankings for teams every week. But when it comes down […]

T-Time: Could kneeling spread to college?

First off, please allow me to make my opinions clear. I think it is perfectly OK for athletes to protest in the form of taking a knee during the national anthem. They are influential figures in society who are taking peaceful actions against what they perceive as injustice — not the flag, the military or […]

Viscarra’s Vice: Rams’ fast start is converting skeptics

When the Los Angeles Rams opened the 2017 regular season with a convincing 46-9 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, there was a positive feeling about the direction that the team was heading in. Los Angeles put on a dominant defensive showing in its Week 1 victory, paired with a clean 300-yard passing effort from quarterback […]

Grinding Gears: Trojans can’t rest on laurels after win

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold threw for over 300 yards in Saturday’s 38-10 win over Oregon State. He completed 66 percent of his passes and recorded three touchdowns. But the first few questions he fielded from the postgame media scrum were critical of his performance. He was asked about what he needed to improve on, […]

Lack of a bye could hurt this USC team

For the first time in a while at USC, people are staring longingly over at Westwood. The Bruins may be trending down with two losses in their last three games, but right now, UCLA has something the Trojans desperately want: a bye week. People have been harping on USC’s lack of a midseason break since […]

Poe’s Perspective: Newton’s comments are beyond dismaying

It’s another Thursday in the Daily Trojan sports section and, yet again, I’m writing about the treatment of women in sports media. I’m sorry, everyone. I don’t want to talk about this. I really don’t. If it was up to me, the phrase “women in sports” would never need to be uttered by anyone, anywhere, […]