I'm looking out of my hotel window and I don't see any scarlet and gray bodies throwing themselves off the roof here in L.A.
That's the good news for Ohio State. Other than that, it's hard to find a way the Buckeyes are going to win The Slap Fight in South Central. No running game with Beanie out (we'll see). An immobile quarterback, Todd Boeckman, facing Pete Carroll's best defense.
I'm here to get the Bucknuts off suicide watch:
About the only place Ohio State has an advantage is in the defensive secondary. Cornerback Donald Washington and safety Jamario O'Neal both come back from suspensions today. The USC receivers still aren't an overly assertive bunch. If the Bucks can beat up the receivers and somehow -- somehow -- make USC one dimensional then they have a chance.
That said, USC has a huge advantage on defense. The three-headed tailback monster that is Maurice Wells, Brandon Saine and Dan Herron isn't going to be good enough. That brings me back to my Tuesday assessment: It's got to be Terrelle Pryor's game. He is the best hope Ohio State has of winning this game.
• Just when the Big East was looking for a go-to team, South Florida might be it. Jim Leavitt found a kicker (freshman Maikon Bonani) just in time to beat Kansas 37-34. What a strange game. Kansas blew a 20-3 lead. South Florida blew a 34-20 lead. Then Todd Reesing, the heart and soul of the Jayhawks, threw a crippling interception with 30 seconds left to set up the game-winning kick.
The Bulls (3-0) should jump into the top 15 this week. Kansas (2-1) still looks like a 9-3 team to me.