USC can’t afford to cut this game close

Saturday’s opener against Hawai’i is intended to be a tune-up, a blowout against a team unable to match USC’s firepower. A quick eye test during warm-ups will betray an undersized Hawai’i squad that the Trojans should simply out-talent. Sound familiar? The Sept. 3, 2010, game against Hawai’i was played under a similar narrative, only to […]

USC’s Westwood billboard should not have been covered

Has anyone had the chance to see the Matt Barkley billboard on the intersection of Westwood Boulevard and Lindbrook Drive recently? No? Me neither. No one has. This billboard, featuring Barkley looking to the sky, was painted over early Tuesday morning. All that remains is a black background. As USC spokesperson Tim Tessalone told ESPN […]

Avoiding injury bug is the key for USC season

USC coach Lane Kiffin announced Sunday that media members would no longer be allowed to report practice injuries of any sort, saying it put USC at a competitive disadvantage. So the general public will no longer know which Trojans sat out practice, which ones appeared to be hurt or which ones spent their day on […]

Preseason hype does not equate to wins

Oh, the difference a year makes. A year ago, USC ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press’ preseason college football poll. In USA Today’s poll, the Trojans were absent because of sanctions. One 10-2 season and one upset of Oregon later, the Trojans now rank in the top three in every preseason poll imaginable, including […]

USC’s schedule sets up favorably

Surely by now you’ve heard a multitude of reasons why No. 3 USC will have a successful season. Barkley this, Woods that, Marqise Lee, the linebackers, Kiffin, whoever films practice or some little future Trojan in the 70th row of the Coliseum is contributing to its success. Well here’s one more. It’s something that affects […]