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Hoss
'SC's 4 & 5 stars make some plays & the Trojans win ugly at home against a team that has 1 guy that could play for them. Same 'ol, same 'ol.

13 penalties, 0 rushing yards in the first half, receivers running into each other, dominated after halftime. Thank god we once again had an overwhelming talent advantage.

Meanwhile, Utah followed up their 3 touchdown win at Stanford with a 5 touchdown win vs UofA. If next week goes as expected things could get really interesting. No one at 'SC is happy with what's going on right now.
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August West
Their O matches up perfectly to our D....small, fast, trying to go outside. SC is way too fast to beat to the edge. The way to beat SC is to right at them. See Stanford and Texas...Utah and ND will bludgeon us on the LOS.
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NEB4USC
care to explain your last sentence.  Anybody who understands football knows this is another smoke and mirrors job by Helton. Two years ago, with the best qb in cfb, he relied on playing weak opponents with a lot of backup qbs and the worst UO, ND and  UCLA teams in 30 years.  IOWs, the planets aligned for helton, and he STILL had to back into his rose bowl TWICE.

I doubt Helton wins the south this year.  Utah will beat them easily next week, so the division will come down to the CU-UU game around thanksgiving.  And ND will crucify Helton (poof goes this overrated home winning streak). But Helton should win the rest of his games, so he'll again be gifted a reasonable looking 8-4 record.  So unless HH is truly fed up with the pansy football, I don't see enough to force a change.  So I'm hoping for a miracle that Swann truly is disgusted from what he's seeing every saturday.  McKay has turned over so many times in his grave that it doesn't matter any more.
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August West
We will go 8-4 without playing UW and Oregon. If this was a flipped year for the schedule, we’d be 6-6. 
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Hoss
August West wrote:
Their O matches up perfectly to our D....small, fast, trying to go outside. SC is way too fast to beat to the edge. The way to beat SC is to right at them. See Stanford and Texas...Utah and ND will bludgeon us on the LOS.


Completely agree on all points.
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Hoss
NEB4USC wrote:
care to explain your last sentence. 


Like most I will be surprised if a change is made at the top before next year, but the atmosphere in and around the program is surprisingly bad for a defending conference champ that's won 3 games in a row. Like you said, anyone who knows football knows this is a mess. A decisive loss on Saturday will lead to some interesting phone calls to HH from some of the people who have the right numbers. 

Still half the season left and a lot could happen. 8-4 seems to me to be the best-case scenario but hardly the only one.
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