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Ohio State 55, USC 23

Posted on: August 13, 2009 11:53 am
Just for grins, I decided to insert Matt Barkley as the starter for USC against Ohio State in NCAA Football 10.

Ohio State won by 32. Barkley, the freshman quarterback, was game in the game but his team was lame. He was yanked quickly after his fumble led to a touchdown. Barkley completed only one of two for 23 yards.

Settle down, Troy, it's not going to be that bad when USC travels to Columbus in the second week of the season. But it could be a loss, whether it's one point or four touchdowns. That's what is going through Pete Carroll's mind right now as he ponders Aaron Corp's cracked fibula. Barkley has been tearing it up in practice, but does USC really want to go into the belly of the beast with a freshman quarterback.

The Pete Carroll in me says no. The game backed me up. The problem is, PC might not have a choice.

A healthy Corp brings the factor that gives USC a better chance in Columbus, the ability to run. No matter how good he has looked, Barkley is going to remain a stationary target for his entire career, really. 

Corp is expected to be out one to three weeks. Remember last season, Mark Sanchez was injured in the preseason but returned in time to start the season. The difference this time is that Barkley isn't as certain as a safety net. The kid enrolled in January, in part, because he wanted to compete for the job. But does it bother anyone else that USC might have to start the season with a quarterback who has never taken a snap in battle?

Corp will probably be back in time for the Ohio State game in Week 2. The reason he won the job in the spring is because he didn't turn the ball over. We haven't really seen what Barkley will do with the bullets flying. 

Troy should be nervous. Carroll hasn't had to start a season with a true freshman at quarterback. That's not the main issue, though. It's having to go to The Shoe with a true freshman in Week 2. The opener is against San Jose State.

Hey, there was some good news from the PS2. Mitch Mustain -- remember him? -- threw for 267 yards and a touchdown in the game so there's always that.

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Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: August 30, 2009 11:04 am
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Since: Nov 11, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2009 5:21 pm

Ohio State 55, USC 23

These osu fans crack me up. What is the Belly of the Beast cooment mean. Who are you MIami in the day? NO your not even the bogie man at night. osu fan, who sat in the Colliseum and cried like wounded school girls last year will be silenced as USC runs all over them. Let's hope after this humiliation that osu fan will FINALLY SHUT UP!!!!

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2009 6:00 am

Ohio State 55, USC 23

HAAA! Amen to that!

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2009 4:42 am

Ohio State 55, USC 23

lol, would anyone in their right mind take tOSU -32 points against USC???

Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2009 8:01 pm

Ohio State 55, USC 23

Ohio State will never score that many. Statues cant move that fast. SEC = speed. Until you guys start recruiting from the state pen like we do, you will be at a huge disadvantage to us.

"If you ain't cheatin, you ain't tryin"   - Nick Saban

Since: May 31, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2009 6:32 pm

Ohio State 55, USC 23

"Terrel Pryor better learn how to run..."
LMFAO!  no need to read 2-6 when #1 is that stupid!

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: August 14, 2009 5:29 pm

Ohio State 55, USC 23

I cannot believe they even allow Dodd to write on this website. Seriously, the guy is one of the dumbest college football sports writers in the United States and I thought that before I read this piece of garbage. Carroll has been at USC for 8 years, including a 6-6 first year, and his biggest loss occurred in that first year by 11 at Notre Dame and this clown writes something like this. Hell, they went to Oregon a couple of years ago (when Oregon was really good) and had Sanchez making his 2nd or 3rd start ever in place of Booty and they lost 24-17 and were driving to tie when Sanchez threw his 3rd pick of the game.

Dodd is a truly clueless, he really is!

Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2009 1:57 pm

Ohio State 55, USC 23

Did you guys read the article? probably because the title caught your eye. Which is the whole point of writing, to get people to read. And if you read it, you would see in the very first line it says "just for grins". It doesnt say "hey i played/simulated a game and OSU kicked USC's butt so thats what is going to happen come week two". chill out

Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: August 14, 2009 12:36 pm

Ohio State 55, USC 23

It 's gonna be the opposite in the real game

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2009 11:37 am

Ohio State 55, USC 23

Dear Mr. Dodd,
Must be a slow day. I guess this is what some would hide writer's block behind.
But honestly, it sure gets 'em going, doesn't it. Who cares about a video game, at least if you are over teh age of 20-something.
It will be a game, that I can count on. The only one that matters is the one where the blood and grass stains are real.

PS- I am not sure which I enjoy more, your writing or the absurd replies posted by your readers.  Thank goodness there are those who see the reality of it. I especially like the one that points out how the BCS is so messed up by computers. At least this one will not keep us out of a real NC game, should we get there.

Yours Truley,
Loyal Trojan, '81, '83

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