Trojans Still A Player
Way too early to write off USC after two bad weeks
Oct. 10, 2007
By Trev Alberts
Special to CSTV.com
Trev Alberts is a football analyst for CSTV and CSTV.com.
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What's the problem with USC? They looked so dominant against
No. I don't think they're as bad as people might think they are. It's funny listening to the response of people across the country who want to write off USC, saying they're not a player on the national scene. And I think that's completely wrong.
The fact of the matter is they've played really bad the last two weeks. We're so quick in our society to make conclusions based on two weeks about how John David Booty isn't that good or that the running backs are overrated. But it's a cumulative thing.
They've had some injuries at running back, Booty's got a broken middle finger and he played poorly, really poorly. You turn the ball over four times, you're going to get beat. It used to be before parity you could turn the ball over and still win and say we won ugly. Now you have to execute each week. They just didn't execute at all.
Should the polls, like many coaches suggest, come out after a few weeks of games? When is the best time for the polls to debut? -
I agree. There will always be preseason polls because fans love it and magazines make a lot of money based on them. But you need to watch teams play two or three weeks and then you can sort of get a feel for what kind of team you're going to have and what they're made of. You just wonder how far a team that starts really low, if they go undefeated, how far up can they go?
I like preseason polls and I think they show how fallible we in the media are. They're all based on the previous year. It doesn't have anything to do with a team heading into the season. And the most commonly misunderstood thing is that you can have the exact same players on the team and that team will be highly ranked. But there is so much more involved than just having the same guys back like chemistry and leadership, and who assumes control of the team. And that can change from year to year.
I'd like to see polls come out after two or three weeks, but I don't think it's going to happen.
Absolutely they need to be taken seriously. First of all, you can make a legitimate point that Kansas didn't beat anybody to start the season. But that win over
All I can say is Mark Mangino has a team that's a group of fighters. They don't quit and they're better defensively that you might think. Quarterback Todd Reesing is a pretty good field general. I watched that game against