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USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Posted on: November 19, 2011 11:28 pm
 

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: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 8:54 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Bud Hog - You sir, are correct in that the "media" have blackballed the Razorbacks for losing to ala-BAMA. But that's life in the SEC. But you have to admit, like it or not, the SEC has a "playoff". We were the first conference to have a championship game - that's the playoff. Win your division, you play in the conference championship. Win the conference championship, and you likely play for the national championship.

I'd say if you beat ala-BAMA, then you may just get a shot! Stranger things have happened, and the Tide still has the Iron Bowl to win. Plus, you must admit that Georgia is positively resurgent these days, so even if you don't make it to Atlanta, you could end up ranked higher than the SEC Champion! I love College Football!!!




Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:52 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

dereklsu2 - Oregon was ranked #3 and LSU #4 when LSU beat them in the 1st game of the season!!   A minor point but still a point. 



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:41 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Lets face it, the only two fan bases that will be happy are the ones with their team in the national title.  Even at this point, we can only speculate.  The weekend worked out perfect for my team, as we dominated Mississippi State and Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Oregon all lost.  I think we should be ranked #3.  However, I am not getting my hopes up.  We were rewarded for dominating So. Carolina by dropping a spot in the BCS, as Oregon leapfrogged us.  We see how that worked out.  The national media has and probably will continue to overlook us due to the loss at Bama.  Nevermind that we are not the same team.  We had 5 def. starters that missed all or significant time in that game.  Dennis Johnson (rb) was not healthy and we had 3 special teams breakdowns.  I'm not trying to take away from Bama. They are a great team.  But now that we are healthy and clicking, what if we do beat LSU.  Will the National media give us a chance then? Only a playoff can decide college football's delima and we all know that isnt' going to happen anytime soon.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 7:20 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

One more reason the BCS needs to go. Only 2 teams from 1 conferance can play in BCS games. If Georgia wins beating LSU, they go to BCS game, then only one of the 1 loss LSU/Alabama teams are allowed to go.

Also, If Ark beats LSU, same thing...

Also, If Ark beats LSU, which 1 loss SEC team goes to SEC Championship??????

Playoff PLease!!!!!

For all you SEC haters, SEC won National Championship last how many years? Everytime they make it to the title game, they win it.

Lastly, if LSU beats ARK, they would have beaten Oregon when they were ranked 1, Alabama when they were 2 and Arkansas when they were 3. I don't think that has ever happened in the History of College Football!!!!



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 4:02 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Yes, it's so simple - isn't it?  Yet- the f-u-c-k heads that run it- ruin it!  Only the BC Mess Morons can take a day like today in college football and RUIN it with their SEC rematch for the title- and the rest of their mess meaningless exhibitions that I won't (and nobody should) watch. They are all pathetic. It's been so wrong for so many years now- it's not even worth it.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:07 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Jerry Palm predicts 1) LSU 2) Alabama 3) Arkansas 4) Oklahoma St and 5) Stanford. Really Ok St falls just two spots for losing to Iowa St.

BCS needs to do one of two things: 1) Playoff system. 11 conference winners and top 5 ranked in BCS of the non league winners. 2) Do NOT allow any team that did not win their conference play in the Championship game. No Alabama, No Stanford. Both of those teams could quite possibly benefit by not even playing in the conferences championship game in the even of upsets. Please there has to be something better. Can you inagine the atmosphere like college football had Saturday night spread out over 3 more weeks?

Imagine this

#1 LSU (SEC Champ) v MAC Champ
#8 Oregon (PAC 12 Champ) v #9 Oklahoma (At Large)

#4 Virginia Tech (ACC Champ )v #13 Big East Champ
#5 Stanford (At Large) v #12 TCU (MWC Champ)

#2 Alabama (At Large) v WAC Champ
#7 Oklahoma St (Big 12 Champ) v #10 Houston (C-USA Champ)

#3 Arkansas (At Large) v Sun Belt Champ
#6 Boise St (At Large) v #11 Michigan St (Big 10 Champ)

11 Conference Champs
5 highest remaining teams. No conference limits. No Notre Dame exception. Cinderella gets a chance. In this plan #11 South Carolina, #12 Kansas St and Big 10 runner up get to complain. I think everyone but fans of those schools can live with that.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:03 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Jerry Palm predicts 1) LSU 2) Alabama 3) Arkansas 4) Oklahoma St and 5) Stanford. Really Ok St falls just two spots for losing to Iowa St.

BCS needs to do one of two things: 1) Playoff system. 11 conference winners and top 5 ranked in BCS of the non league winners. 2) Do NOT allow any team that did not win their conference play in the Championship game. No Alabama, No Stanford. Both of those teams could quite possibly benefit by not even playing in the conferences championship game in the even of upsets. Please there has to be something better. Can you inagine the atmosphere like college football had Saturday night spread out over 3 more weeks?

Imagine this

#1 LSU (SEC Champ) v MAC Champ
#8 Oregon (PAC 12 Champ) v #9 Oklahoma (At Large)

#4 Virginia Tech (ACC Champ )v #13 Big East Champ
#5 Stanford (At Large) v #12 TCU (MWC Champ)

#2 Alabama (At Large) v WAC Champ
#7 Oklahoma St (Big 12 Champ) v #10 Houston (C-USA Champ)

#3 Arkansas (At Large) v Sun Belt Champ
#6 Boise St (At Large) v #11 Michigan St (Big 10 Champ)

11 Conference Champs
5 highest remaining teams. No conference limits. No Notre Dame exception. Cinderella gets a chance. In this plan #11 South Carolina, #12 Kansas St and Big 10 runner up get to complain. I think everyone but fans of those schools can live with that.




Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:22 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Ok so as crazy as this weekend was I still think craziness lies ahead of us. My guess at Sundays BCS Rankings 1. LSU 2. Alabama 3. Arkansas 4. Virginia Tech 5. Stanford Now here is where it gets jumbled based on how much everyone gets punished for losing 6. Boise St 7. Oklahoma St 8. Oregon 9. Oklahoma 10. Houston (They could be higher than 10) Now we start getting into the teams that either can't get into BCS because of two-team rule, need help or need to upset someone in conference title game 11. South Carolina (NO CHANCE) 12. Kansas St 13. Georgia (Must win SEC) 14. Michigan St (Must win Big 10) 15. Wisconsin (Must win Big 10) 16. Michigan (NO CHANCE) 17. Baylor (NO CHANCE) But thanks for helping with the chaos 18. Clemson (Must win ACC) I bet they are wishing they had showed up against NC State 19. TCU (Needs to win out, have Houston Lose, be in TOP 16 and be above the BIG Least) 20. Penn St (Needs to win Big 10) 21. Auburn (NO CHANCE) but could cause chaos by beating Alabama. So now we play What IF? Arkansas beats LSU (Who gets SEC West?) Auburn beats Alabama Georgia beats SEC West team Clemson or Virginia beats Virginia Tech Notre Dame beats Stanford We are than looking at Boise St (what will computers do to them and are they even eligible to go without winning their Non AQ Conference?) Than the trio that lost today (Oklahoma St, Oklahoma and Oregon) but one of those will be eliminated Houston? Yes Houston So to pick the bowls right now is absurd, BUT here are mine solely based on Sunday's projected BCS National Championship Game: #1 LSU v #2 Alabama Sugar Bowl: #12 Kansas St v #10 Houston Rose Bowl: #8 Oregon v #14 Michigan State Fiesta Bowl: #7 Oklahoma St v #5 Stanford Orange Bowl: #4 Virginia Tech v Big Least Chump Louisville, Rutgers, Cincy or West Virginia (but SHOULD be #19 TCU based on a BCS rule that comes into place in 2013) Who gets hosed? #3 Arkansas, #6 Boise St, #9 Oklahoma, #19 TCU



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 2:08 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

We don't know yet how the computers love OK ST after they lost to mediocre IA ST. Actually, the computers seem to love all of the Big 12, so they won't fall much, I guess.
If OK ST can beat OK, they will be a legit contender along with VA TECH, Houston, STAN,  BAMA. After the last 2 weeks, it's not only hard to find zero loss teams, it's hard to find one loss teams!
As an SEC fan, I remember I was angry that OH ST and MICH might get a rematch a few years ago, before the voters sneaked in FLA at the last minute. Well, OH ST and MICH both lost. So, I want to keep the BCS NC game as the best SEC team vs. a team from another conference, to keep a national flavor. If ALA, LSU, and ARK go 1-1 against each other, well, I don't know, except PLAYOFF NOW!



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:56 am
 

BCS alternatives

As an SEC fan, I would rather see LSU, BAMA (or ARK) play in 2 different bowls than hear the rest of the nation whine and rant for an entire year!Even after tonight, when so many 'contenders" went down, I'm still seeing a lot of SEC hate.
I'm OK with ALA/LSU/ARK against VA TECH, Houston, OK , OK ST, STAN, WISC, MICH, or whatever the cat drags in!


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