USC playing unfamiliar role in BCS title hunt

It’s safe to say that, at this point in the season No. 18 USC was expected to be a major player in the Bowl Championship Series national championship race. And guess what? They are, still. Not in the way people expected the Trojans to be, though. Not an undefeated team on a collision course with […]

Trojans need to order up blitzes

It’s been a couple of weeks since I could write that USC won, but Saturday’s 38-17 beatdown of Arizona State finally allows me to be optimistic. The Trojans now sit at 7-3 and can win the Pac-12 South with a victory against UCLA next weekend at the Rose Bowl. Yeah, USC put up 38 points. […]

Pigskin Notes: Defense bounces back, Woods struggles

Monte Kiffin’s battered baseball cap titled over his brow as he glanced toward the ground. “It’s hard to talk about Oregon right now,” said the Trojans’ assistant head coach for defense when last week’s performance was brought up. Understandably, it was hard to talk about Oregon. Just seven days earlier, Kiffin’s defense had surrendered school […]

Trojans top Sun Devils 38-17

USC coach Lane Kiffin described it as continued “bad karma” in a week replete with controversy after a student manager was fired for deflating game balls during the first half of last Saturday’s defensive debacle against Oregon. Only 45 minutes before kickoff, sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee entered Kiffin’s office with a swollen face after […]

Kiffin is USC’s most valuable prospect

When Lane Kiffin took over as head coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2007, he was 31. One of the stars of his defensive unit, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, was more than two years his senior. Kiffin’s stint at Oakland was far from a success — the youngest head coach in NFL history crashed and […]

Trojans fall to No. 19 in BCS standings

Following a 62-51 loss on Saturday to No. 3 Oregon, the USC Trojans have dropped to No. 19 in the most recent BCS standings. The Trojans fought hard in the highly anticipated Pac-12 showdown, but were simply unable to contain the highly explosive Oregon offensive attack, surrendering over 730 yards to the Ducks. For the […]