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Saturday, October 14th 2006

USC Beats The Sun Devils

The title says it all. After jumping out to a 21 points lead, USC gave it all back and ended up winning 28 – 21. I’m sure the pundits will point to the fact Coach Dirk over on the ASU sideline basically GAVE USC the game when he punted with 1:19 left.


“Of course, Arizona State would’ve easily sent the game into overtime if Coach Koetter hadn’t made that horrific terrible mistake. Everyone knows USC’s defense is terrible, just God awful and they would’ve had no chance of stopping Rudy Carpenter’s monster arm even when he was facing a fourth and twenty-three. This wasn’t so much a victory for USC as a gift from Arizona State.”

Whatever. USC will be #2 in the BCS rankings tomorrow and maybe even the AP poll. I wish ESPN would STOP using the AP poll for its in game rankings.

As well, for the pundits – like I pointed out these struggles aren’t anything unnatural to BCS championship teams (see the 2002 Champion Ohio State Buckeyes).

USC NEVER TRAILED THIS GAME.

For the entire season USC HAS TRAILED LESS THAN 5 MINUTES.

USC HAS PLAYED THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULE SO FAR OF ANY TEAM.
That isn’t the dumby pundits talking about Florida’s schedule…yes, Central Florida makes for a tough schedule. I’m talking officially, by the numbers, the most accurate quantitative predictor of future success – the computer’s strength of schedule ranking.

You can talk all you want about how Washington St. and Washington and Arizona State aren’t any good, but those are all bowl teams.

USC has a week off and then decidedly weaker games against Oregon St. and Stanford. 3 weeks to get their act together. Three weeks Pete.

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