Tuesday, September 18, 2012

USC Can't Break Cardinal Rule

Palo Alto Aftermath
For  USC, first there was the humiliating, 21-14 loss to Stanford last Saturday night, the Trojans fourth-straight loss to the Cardinal, and this week many Trojan rooters will probably not see USC play the California Golden  Bears on television because of the ongoing dispute between the Pac-12 Network and DirecTV.
Last week, the UCLA-Houston game was televised on the Pac-12 Network, but fans with a DirecTV dish could only listen to the game on the radio, or wait for delayed updates on the Internet.
Unless an agreement is reached before Saturday's 3 p.m. kickoff at the Coliseum, Trojan fans will be in the same boat.


Maybe USC was overrated all along, with the hype overwhelming common sense after Matt Barkley declared that he would return to Troy for his senior season. The instantaneous reaction was euphoric with the media placing the Trojans at the top of the preseason polls, but few took several important facts into consideration.
Although USC had the quarterback, it didn't have much of a running game, an experienced offensive line and, maybe most important of all, a valuable kicking game. The lack of these three items emerged in full view at Stanford, where the Cardinal defense dominated USC, forcing Barkley, who was sacked four time, to throw two interceptions and no touchdowns in the second half.

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