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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.

 

 

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:52 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

They were led by Matt Barkley, who could be in the NFL right now, but chose to tough it out through the bowl ban.
Ummm.....Dodd, you really need to do some better research if you are to consider yourself a professional journalist/blogger. Undecided

Barkley is a True Junior and therefore could NOT be in the NFL right now.  Must be 3 years removed from high school to be eligible for the draft.  Duhhhhhh.  You make it seem like Barkley chose to stay at SC instead of heading to the NFL a year ago.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:23 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

If Va Tech beats Va and then wins a rematch with Clemson they one have loss and Bama has one loss to LSU this she it is crazy.  I wonder is the posters will move Va Tech up enough  and then When Ok st beats Ok  they could slide back in  particularly is Va tech losses again to Clemson.  So then You have Ok st and Bama looking at a date with LSU in New Orleans.   I watched Arkansas they will give LSU a hard time right up to the final whistle and Then LSU packs up for the Ga game and then they go to the Championship in New Orleans.    the computers have shown alot of love for Ok st  so dont count them out yet.   OWWWWW My head hurts but this is great.   I'm taking an Advil and going to bed.  

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Since: Mar 12, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:17 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Virginia Tech even gets into the talk a little bit now.



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 1:11 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

For all the haters of the SEC who say the entire system is rigged, it may be.  But at the same time, over the last 6-7 years, the top SEC schools have taken care of business at the end of the season.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:57 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

You are absolutely correct. Not enough people understand the wide spectrum of ramifications that are possible with this scenario under the current BCS system. I hope Georgia wins and everyone realizes how absurd the BCS vs. Playoff debate really is, thus setting up the playoff system that all real college football fans want to happen.



Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:55 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

You are absolutely correct. Not enough people understand the wide spectrum of ramifications that are possible with this scenario under the current BCS system. I hope Georgia wins and everyone realizes how absurd the BCS vs. Playoff debate really is, thus setting up the playoff system that all real college football fans want to happen.



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:39 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

My apologies to all you Va. Tech fans out there- looks like you only have one loss. Who knows, they way this season is going, you guys just might get a shot...



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:34 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

if georgia wins, then here is the bcs's worst nightmare, the team that would be ranked #1 would be alabama, yes alabama would be #1, and that would really take stretching from the bcs honks, because they would have to explain how a team, that doesn't even play for it's conference championship, can be #1, i mean this would be worse then when nebraska made it, becuase at least there they were ranked #2, but shouldn't have been, because they lost there last game by 43



Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:32 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Everyone can complain about the SEC but in the end, we saw NC game one when LSU won in OT. It was there for the taking by the Big 12, the Pac 12 and even the ACC had a shot! But thr SEC still has the top teams in the country! And by the way, I am a Pac 12 guy but hats off to the SEC!



Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 12:29 am
 

USC stuns No. 4 Oregon

Georgia just became the BCS and NCAA's worst nightmare- if they win the SEC title game (and they are good enough to pull an upset), who plays in the BCS championship game? LSU, Alabama, or Arkansas? They couldn't win their conference. Oregon? Two losses, and they keep Stanford out of the question because they smaked them around when they played. Oklahoma State? Lost to Iowa State (and could still lose to Oklahoma, who is done with their two losses). Virginia Tech? Penn State, Wisconsin, or Michigan State? Two loss teams who aren't as good as the other two loss teams. You know Boise State and Houston won't get a shot, so whatever teams did get in would pretty much give lie to the old saying that every regular season game is a playoff.

The NCAA powers that be have to be on their knees praying LSU and Alabama run the table...those of us who want a playoff are pulling for Uga and his fellow Bulldogs...


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