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USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:28 pm
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EUGENE, Ore. -- This was their bowl, complete with no ocean, no sun and no lavish gifts. And hate, don’t forget that. Plenty of hate from a hostile crowd.

But this was USC’s bowl because they can’t go to a real one. So why not another stunner on the national landscape? Oregon kicker Alejandro Maldonado's 37-yard field goal missed at the gun, allowing the Trojans to hang on, 38-35.

Iowa State wasn’t ranked when it upset Oklahoma State Friday night. USC couldn’t be ranked, at least in the coaches’ poll, when it knocked off No. 4 Oregon at Autzen Stadium. The difference? Your level of shock. Suddenly, they looked like the Trojans of old. The shame of it is, this was their bowl, the high point of the season. In November. It really doesn’t get any better than this.

But they played like it was January with everything on the line. Oregon, a 16 ½-point favorite, didn’t. And so now we have even more BCS chaos.

But before we go there, let’s credit these Trojans. Officially, they have nothing to play for this season. Seventeen months ago the NCAA slapped a two-year bowl ban on the program. Unofficially, they might be the best team you won’t see in the postseason.

They were led by Matt Barkley, who could be in the NFL right now, but chose to tough it out through the bowl ban. He threw four touchdown passes. Receiver Marqise Lee is a freshman All-American if there ever was one. Sophomore Robert Woods was nicked up this week but caught two touchdown passes.

Safety T.J. McDonald has been accused of playing over the line. It was a straight line he took to block an Oregon punt in the third quarter.

The shame of it is, these current Trojans have nothing to do with the wrongdoing. The coach, AD and principal rulebreaker are gone. It’s been so long that Reggie Bush is closer to retirement than the goal line.

For Oregon, it could be emptiest division title in the short 20-year history of division titles. The Ducks needed one win in their last two to wrap up the Pac-12 North Division. Now they’ve have to get it next week against Oregon State.

 

 

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Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:47 pm
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

I was at the game as well snd I am used to seeing GSU run the ball like that.  That triple-opition has dominate FCS all year.  I feel the score wasn't indicative of how close the game actually was.  Alabama was in complete control, but GSU was like a hangnail.  If Jaybo Shaw completes the 4th and goal pass, it would have been a very different score.  

Alabama should have won bigger, but I knew they wouldn't cover the 43 point spread.  GSU is all FBS rejects or extreme athletes who were brought in to run the system.  

I am proud that we did what we do best on the best defense and the best team in America.  Sorry LSU, you were outplayed in your win.  The top 2 teams are Bama and LSU.

Bama didn't play its best, but it is hard to get up for an FCS team and, they definitely underestimated the fight in GSU.  But they were never threatened...3 days to prepare for the most well-oiled triple option attack in football.  

Good luck to the Tide, here forward....Unless of course we meet you in the Georgia Dome.... 



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:44 pm
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

It will be a great week! Look for Alabama to lose again and Arkansas too.


Ummm, Arkansas might lose, but Alabama will not.  It may be close early, but once the emotion wears off after the first quarter, Bama will dominate.





Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:44 pm
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

LSU will not lose to Arkansas. Arkansas is at best a top 20 team...lets not forget the close games against a very weak SEC...OUtside of Bama and LSU the SEC looks like a bunch of chumps...Florida losing the first half to Furman??  Auburn should have lost to Utah St and Georgia choked against Boise State and ended up winning the EAST....This might be the weakest SEC league in history....LSU and Bama are great teams and the rest look like Big Ten Teams....

@Tug Tuggles

Oh yeah!  Now I know why your screen games flags you as a amateur.   You should watch and learn before mouthing off.  So which team do you think is better than Arkansas or should be #3?  You think it is better to have one or two losses to Texas Tech at home, Baylor,  Iowa State or USC at home than actually winning the road games close?  Florida State, OU, OSU two loss Oregon just who?



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:21 pm
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

LSU will not lose to Arkansas. Arkansas is at best a top 20 team...lets not forget the close games against a very weak SEC...OUtside of Bama and LSU the SEC looks like a bunch of chumps...Florida losing the first half to Furman??  Auburn should have lost to Utah St and Georgia choked against Boise State and ended up winning the EAST....This might be the weakest SEC league in history....LSU and Bama are great teams and the rest look like Big Ten Teams....




Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:52 pm
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

It will be a great week! Look for Alabama to lose again and Arkansas too.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:07 pm
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

This was been an exciting week if college football, I hope this week coming up can be just as or more exciting!



Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:51 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

I think if Arkansas beats LSU they'll probably jump Bama, even if Bama beats Auburn.  However, I believe the SEC tie breaker still goes to Bama in that scenerio.

"The tied team with the highest ranking in the Bowl Championship  Series Standings following the last weekend of regular-season games  shall be the divisional representative in the SEC championship game, unless the second of the tied teams is ranked within five-or-fewer  places of the highest ranked tied team. In this case, the head-to-head  results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the  representative in the SEC championship game."

I'm not disagreeing with you in any way, except the fact that if Arkansas beats LSU, I think they'll jump Bama; but it still won't matter as long as Bama beats Auburn. 

@ironoxide,

First, I hope you are right about ig Hogs beat LSU they jump Bama.    But I can tell as a lifetime and hog fan sand yaers of watching the polss thje National medi aNEVER gives Arkansas the benefit of the doubt.  If Hogs win and Bam a beat Auburn, then Bama will be #1 Hogs #2.

Besides even if Hogs were to jump Bama; Bama would still go to SEC Champ game.  As a true Razorback fan, I don't care, I just want to beat LSU on the road and the BCS crap will trake care of itself.  In my book Hogs control destiney, we have chance at major National game with National Title on the lone on the road against undisputed #1 team in the nation.  Coach Bobby Petrino has done a great job at the University of Arkansas and he is still rebuilding.

WPS!!!




Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:37 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

UGAinState,

Nice post, and my hat is off to Georgia Southern.  I was at the game yesterday and knew going in they were an excellent team, that triple option was very effects against Bama's 3-4 defense.  People look at this team as a cupcake, and in some years that maybe the case, but not this year.  If they were in the FBS they'd be higher ranked than a lot of teams out there.  Not an excuse for playing so crappy on defense, just an observation.  Still should have beaten them much worse than we did, and Bama certainly didn't look like a top 5 team yesterday.



Since: Feb 17, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:24 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Yeah because Alabama throttled Arkansas.  It is not fair but you could make a case for all 3 teams.  Alabama beats Arkansas whcih beats LSU which beat Alabama.  It is a merry go-round and the SEC system of figuring out who plays for the title is much, much more fair than what we faced in 2008 in the Big 12.  LSU gets Arkansas at home and if they lose to a team that Alabama beat the willpower out of then who's to say Alabama shouldn't be there?  Just like Alabama LSU will have their shot.  Win and they are in....lose and your left with a scenario nobody wants. 

I love colllege football so much nothing will ever keep me from watching it.  At the same time seasons like this drive home the playoff fight.  I went to Georgia Southern and UGA.  So I have experienced both and I could only imagine a playoff at the FBS level.  I woke up early this morning to see where GSU would be in the bracket.   I just love saying bracket and college football in the same sentence. 

Your argument makes sense, but at the same time the argument has to be made for the other 2 teams.  I think LSU will handle business and Bama beat Arkansas so I think we are looking at a re-match.  One of the many problems is LSU will have to play an extra game before the BCS Championship.  That is as unfair as it gets.  I am not a proponent of having to win your conference to play for a BCS bowl but if there ever was an argument for it, it would be in the SEC.

LSU beats Arkansas...
Alabama beats Auburn...

LSU still has to play a 13th game while Alabama gets to watch it on TV with really no worries of falling from the #2 spot.  Only bad can come out of the SEC Cahmpionship for LSU.  If they lose, Alabama moves to #1, but how far does LSU fall? 

We will still have these questions in 2 weeks unfortunately......



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:23 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

There is no such rule. You are taking a convient position. It suits your bias. The charge of the Bcs, the very reason it exists is an attempt to match the best 2 teams in college football. Argue for the merits of a team and maybe you will make a reasonable statement.


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