Category: USC Trojans

AllPac10.com: Chronicle of the 2009-10 Pac-10 Football Season

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, September 3, 2010 1:59 pm

Thank you all for your support over the 2009-10 football season. We had a great time bringing you coverage, opinion, and predictions of all ten of the Pac-10’s team. We continue to be huge fans of the conference, and our experience with this site brought us even more respect for its great fans.

Thank you,
Dave and Sam

Emerald Bowl: Boston College Eagles VS. USC Trojans

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, December 26, 2009 7:22 am

EMERALD BOWL
San Francisco, California
Boston College Eagles (8-4) VS. #24 USC Trojans (8-4)
Saturday, December 26, 5:00 PM PST

Las Vegas Favorite: USC -7.0

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Pac-10 Bowl Matchups

By Dave Consolazio, December 8, 2009 3:01 pm

MAACO BOWL LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas, Nevada
#18 Oregon State Beavers (8-4) VS. #14 BYU Cougars (10-2)
Tuesday, December 22, 5:00 PM PST

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL
San Diego, California
#23 Utah Utes (9-3) VS. Cal Bears (8-4)
Wednesday, December 23, 5:00 PM PST

EMERALD BOWL
San Francisco, California
Boston College Eagles (8-4) VS. #24 USC Trojans (8-4)
Saturday, December 26, 5:00 PM PST

PACIFIC LIFE HOLIDAY BOWL
San Diego, California
#20 Arizona Wildcats (8-4) VS. #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4)
Wednesday, December 30, 5:00 PM PST

BRUT SUN BOWL
El Paso, Texas
Oklahoma Sooners (7-5) VS. #21 Stanford Cardinal (8-4)
Thursday, December 31, 11:00 AM PST

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY CITI
Pasadena, California
#8 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) VS. #7 Oregon Ducks (10-2)
Friday, January 1, 1:30 PM PST


UCLA – *UCLA will receive invite to the EagleBank Bowl if Navy defeats Army

Week 14 Game Matchup: Arizona Wildcats VS. USC Trojans

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, December 3, 2009 2:59 pm

Arizona Wildcats (7-4) vs. USC Trojans (8-3)
Saturday, December 5, 12:30 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: USC -7.0

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AllPac10’s CBSSports.com BlogPoll: Top 25 Poll for Week 14

By Sam Saig, December 1, 2009 5:24 pm

AllPac10.com was excited to accept an invitation to join CBSSports.com’s Blog Poll, which is run by Brian Cook who has a great Michigan blog over at www.mgoblog.com. You can read more about the premise by heading over to the Blog Poll via the link below, but it is essentially like a coaches or media poll except it is made up by top blogs across the country!

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida – Tim Tebow and the Gators had no trouble with the Seminoles on Senior Day. Now comes the toughest test of the season by far.
2 Texas – Texas was pushed to the limit by Texas A&M but Colt McCoy continues to impress.
3 Alabama – ‘Bama almost had its perfect season spoiled in the Iron Bowl. The Tide must be substantially better in the SEC Title Game.
4 TCU
5 Cincinnati
6 Boise State
7 Oregon – The Ducks have used the bye week to prepare for a Civil War for the ages.
8 Ohio State 2
9 Iowa 4
10 Georgia Tech – Surprising loss to Georgia.
11 Penn State 1
12 Oregon State – The Beavers will be underdogs this Thursday, but that’s just how Mike Riley likes it. 2
13 Virginia Tech 2
14 LSU 2
15 Pittsburgh – Tough loss to West Virginia. 6
16 Southern Cal – Trojans can still make the Holiday Bowl with a win over ‘Zona. 1
17 California – Cal was off this week and will finish the season with Washington. 1
18 Miami (Florida) 1
19 Oklahoma State – A shockingly poor effort vs. Oklahoma, particularly on offense. 8
20 Brigham Young 3
21 Stanford – The Cardinal beat Notre Dame in a classic, and Toby Gerhart couldn’t have made a better Heisman statement.
22 Houston 2
23 West Virginia
24 Nebraska
25 Utah 4
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out:Clemson (#22), Mississippi (#24), North Carolina (#25).

Week 13 Game Matchup: UCLA Bruins VS. USC Trojans

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, November 25, 2009 10:58 am

UCLA Bruins (6-5) vs. USC Trojans (7-3)
Saturday, November 28, 7:00 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: USC -13.0
*AllPac10 Game of the Week*

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AllPac10’s CBSSports.com BlogPoll: Top 25 Poll for Week 13

By Sam Saig, November 23, 2009 5:56 pm

AllPac10.com was excited to accept an invitation to join CBSSports.com’s Blog Poll, which is run by Brian Cook who has a great Michigan blog over at www.mgoblog.com. You can read more about the premise by heading over to the Blog Poll via the link below, but it is essentially like a coaches or media poll except it is made up by top blogs across the country!

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida – The Mighty Gators really took it to those stingy FIU Golden Panthers… yawn.
2 Texas – It would be shocking to see Texas lose at this point.
3 Alabama – Unlike Florida, Alabama had the guts to schedule a real non-conference team late… oh wait.
4 TCU
5 Cincinnati
6 Boise State
7 Oregon – What a thrilling win for the Ducks in Tucson. Now comes one of the best Civil Wars of all time.
8 Georgia Tech
9 Pittsburgh 1
10 Ohio State 2
11 Oklahoma State
12 Penn State 1
13 Iowa 1
14 Oregon State – The Beavers have flown under the radar for long enough. Now for the second year in a row, OSU has a chance to win the Pac-10 against the Ducks. 1
15 Virginia Tech 1
16 LSU – Ole Miss stunned the Tigers in Oxford. 5
17 Southern Cal – Trojans may not be playing for a BCS game but ‘SC can still tie for second in the Pac-10 (and the Holiday Bowl would certainly welcome Pete Carroll and Co.). 1
18 California – Jeff Tedford’s team finished strong in an otherwise disappointing season. The Bears physically overpowered a Stanford team that is used to bullying the opponent. 6
19 Miami (Florida)
20 Houston
21 Utah
22 Clemson
23 Brigham Young
24 Mississippi
25 North Carolina
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Georgia Tech (#8), Stanford (#9), Wisconsin (#17), Arizona (#25).

The Stanford Cardinal end the USC Trojans reign; and why the Pac-10 is the best conference in college football

By Dave Consolazio, November 17, 2009 4:49 am

USC’S REIGN AT THE TOP IS OVER – FOR NOW

Ding Dong’ the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Witch is dead!

For some reason, this song was running through my head as I watched Stanford pummel USC.

For Trojans fans, it has been a fantastic ride for the last seven years. So fantastic, in fact, that Trojan fans are completely guilty of taking it for granted. Every single one of them (myself, included).

Virtually every hiccup along the way has cost USC a trip to the National Championship, which in turn turned the Rose Bowl into a consolation prize of sorts. USC fans are always disappointed to “only” win the Pac-10 and “only” go to the Rose Bowl.

And that’s one of the reasons why fans around the conference have hated the USC Trojans and their fans for the better part of a decade now, and as Stanford drove the final nail into the coffin that Washington had opened and Oregon had closed, there is plenty of reason for the rest of the conference to celebrate.

A friend of mine asked me, “Dave, you know your Pac-10; Is USC done for? I mean, I know they are this season, but are they done for good?”

I’m surprised at how many people are living in the moment so badly that they are actually asking this question. NO, USC isn’t done for good. They still have one of the best coaches in the country and a never-ending stable of 4 and 5-star talent. They will be a serious contender for the Pac-10 title next year, as well as the years to come.

The beauty, though, is that they won’t be the only serious contender. 2009 will not mark the beginning of the end of USC as a football power; but it will mark the end of their stranglehold over the rest of the conference.

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Pac-10 Week 11 Notes and Observations: USC Trojans

By Sam Saig, November 16, 2009 9:45 pm

USC Trojans 7-3 Overall (4-3 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Stanford 55 – USC 21

Next Week’s Opponent: BYE


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AllPac10’s CBSSports.com BlogPoll: Top 25 Poll for Week 12

AllPac10.com was excited to accept an invitation to join CBSSports.com’s Blog Poll, which is run by Brian Cook who has a great Michigan blog over at www.mgoblog.com. You can read more about the premise by heading over to the Blog Poll via the link below, but it is essentially like a coaches or media poll except it is made up by top blogs across the country!

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Texas
3 Alabama
4 TCU – The Horned Frogs continue to earn my respect, and I’m starting to believe they could beat any one of the so-called “Big Three”.
5 Cincinnati – Quality win against West Virginia.
6 Boise State
7 Oregon – The loss to Stanford looks okay to me. Now the Ducks will have a chance to put a firm grasp on the Pac-10 title race if they can get by UA in Tucson. 2
8 Georgia Tech
9 Stanford – Toby Gerhart better be in New York for the Heisman Ceremony. This Cardinal team is playing the best football of any team in the Pac-10 right now. 14
10 Pittsburgh – I’ve always liked Dave Wannstedt and I am beginning to really believe in this Pitt team. 2
11 LSU – Unimpressive win over Louisiana Tech 4
12 Ohio State – Buckeyes clinched a Rose Bowl birth… but can OSU finally beat someone from another conference? 2
13 Penn State 3
14 Iowa 1
15 Oregon State – The Beavers are quietly in contention to win the Pac-10… just the way Mike Riley likes it. 7
16 Virginia Tech 3
17 Wisconsin 3
18 Southern Cal – Unfamiliar times in Troy. 8
19 Miami (Florida) – The “U” isn’t quite back yet. 8
20 Houston 1
21 Utah – Everyone expected a dogfight between TCU and Utah, but the Frogs weren’t having it. 4
22 Clemson 2
23 Brigham Young
24 California – The Bears deserve to be back in the rankings (for now) after a very good win over Arizona
25 Arizona – The ‘Cats Rose Bowl hopes took a hit, but they have a chance to quickly redeem themselves against Oregon this week. 10
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Oklahoma State (#18), Auburn (#25).

Pac-10 Basketball Preview – USC Trojans

State of the Program

On March 22nd 2009, Michigan State narrowly edged USC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans would go on to play for a National Championship, while the Trojans remarkable March run came to an end. Then things got bad…

First, at the Trojans season ending banquet (March 31st) head coach Tim Floyd implored the superstar trio of DeMar DeRozan, Daniel Hackett, and Taj Gibson to stay at ‘SC for a potential Final Four run the following season. Less than a day later, Floyd was in Tucson, Arizona rubbing elbows with ‘Cats AD Jim Livengood. Needless to say, after that debacle the three ‘SC superstars swiftly decided to turn pro.

But the worst was still to come. I won’t go through the painful summary, but here is a quick chronological recap using key terms: Louis Johnson, Rodney Guillory, alleged $1,000 envelope, NCAA investigation, “lack of institutional control”, ‘Zona raid of ‘SC recruits.

Pretty tumultuous off-season to say the least, but the show must go on and it will now be directed by journeyman Kevin O’Neill. O’Neill knows a thing or two about coaching a program through chaotic times (2007-08 UA), and now the seasoned 52-year old will try to do it again. As mentioned earlier, the Trojans were decimated by de-commits during the last recruiting cycle, but there is still enough talent left on the roster for O’Neill to keep this team competitive in 2009-10.

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Week 11 Game Matchup: Stanford Cardinal VS. USC Trojans

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, November 11, 2009 7:06 pm

Stanford Cardinal (6-3) vs. USC Trojans (7-2)
Saturday, November 14, 12:30 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: USC -10.5
*AllPac10 Game of the Week*

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Pac-10 Pros Three Stars of the Week: Russell Westbrook, Matt Cassel, Maurice Jones-Drew

#1 Star: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
Alma Mater: UCLA
Stats (11/3 – 11/8): 20.7 Ppg, 5.3 Rebs, 8.0 Asts, 1.0 Stls, 49% FG Pct , 1.3 3 Pters

With the Oklahoma City Thunder off to a somewhat hot start of 3-3 (they hadn’t won their third game until game 27 last year), they can thank the solid play of second year point guard Russell Westbrook. Although only going 1-2 last week, the Thunder did get a big win against the Orlando Magic, and Westbrook led the Thunder in assists in all three games.

On November 6th against the Houston Rockets, Westbrook put up his best game of the week (in a losing effort) going 14 for 25 from the field with a team high 33 points and team high seven assists. In the lone win for the Thunder, on November 8th against the Orlando Magic, Westbrook notched his third double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 assists.

I still wouldn’t consider the Oklahoma City Thunder any threat to make the playoffs in the Western Conference this year, but with their run and gun style and Russell Westbrook maturing into a speedy and smart point guard, they should at least be exciting to watch this year.

#2 Star: Matt Cassel
Alma Mater: USC
Stats (11/8): 23 for 39, 262 Yards 2 TDs 0 INTs, 96.3 QB Rating

With all the talk this week about Larry Johnson getting suspended by the Kansas City Chiefs, not many people were giving them much of a chance to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. Although the Chiefs (1-7) did end up coming up a little short on Sunday, they were reminded that they have a pretty good quarterback on their team when given the chance to throw the ball more.

Down 24 – 6 with 4:26 to go, Cassel showed an amazing no-quit attitude and did everything he possibly could to get his team back in the game. Cassel’s biggest play came with 2:32 left in the game when he connected with Chris Chambers for a 54-yard touchdown pass down the right side of the field. Moments later, after an onside kick recovered by the Chiefs, Cassel again drovethe Chiefs down the field and completed a five yard pass to Chambers to make it 24 – 21 (Cassel completed the two point conversion as well). Matt Cassel also completed passes to nine different receivers in the game, making it difficult for the Jaguars to know who to defend.

Although the Chiefs weren’t able to complete the comeback, many good things can be taken from this game. Maybe with Larry Johnson out of the lineup the Chiefs will start to focus on throwing the ball a little more, and Cassel will be able to show why he got paid so much money in the off-season to be the starter of this team.

#3 Star: Maurice Jones-Drew
Alma Mater: UCLA
Stats (11/8): 29 Rushes for 97 Yards, 1 TD, 3 Receptions for 37 Yards

After another upsetting loss for the Jacksonville Jaguars last week against the 0-6 Titans, they bounced back by yet again giving most of the workload to Maurice Jones-Drew. His 32 total touches made up for 47% of the Jaguars total plays ran, and proved once again that when he is given the ball a lot, good things are going to happen.

With the Jaguars up 17 – 6 late in the fourth quarter, Maurice Jones-Drew struck for his lone touchdown bursting up the middle for a 10 yard gain making it 24 – 6. This proved to be the game winning touchdown for the Jaguars, and his nine yard rush with 55 seconds left iced the game officially for Jacksonville, who moved to 4 – 4 on the year.

Eight Games into the season we are all starting to see a very noticeable pattern with the success of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and how their star running back Maurice Jones-Drew performs. If they have any chance of going into New York and beating the Jets, they are going to need to continue to give Maurice Jones-Drew the majority of the touches and see where he can take them.

Honorable Mentions:

Stanford’s Brook Lopez (19.0 Ppg, 8.7 Rebs, 1.3 Asts, 1.7 Blks, 53% FG Pct)
USC’s Brian Cushing (12 Tackles, 1 Pass Deflection)
USC’s Terrell Thomas (9 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 Pass Deflection)
Arizona’s Andre Iguodala (20.3 Ppg, 5.0 Rebs, 3.0 Asts, 2.0 Stls, 54% FG Pct)
Stanford’s Greg Camarillo (5 Receptions for 71 Yards)

Pac-10 Week 10 Notes and Observations: USC Trojans

By Sam Saig, November 10, 2009 4:32 pm

USC Trojans 7-2 Overall (4-2 Conference)

This Week’s Score: USC 14 – Arizona State 9

Next Week’s Opponent: Stanford


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AllPac10’s CBSSports.com BlogPoll: Top 25 Poll for Week 11

By Sam Saig, November 9, 2009 5:13 pm

AllPac10.com was excited to accept an invitation to join CBSSports.com’s Blog Poll, which is run by Brian Cook who has a great Michigan blog over at www.mgoblog.com. You can read more about the premise by heading over to the Blog Poll via the link below, but it is essentially like a coaches or media poll except it is made up by top blogs across the country!

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Texas
3 Alabama – Hard fought win over a physical LSU team.
4 TCU – The Horned Frogs may not play a tough schedule, but this is a very good football team that could play with anybody right now. 3
5 Cincinnati 1
6 Boise State – The nightmarish Oregon/Boise State ranking argument appears to have worked itself out. 2
7 LSU – A very game effort against ‘Bama. 2
8 Georgia Tech 3
9 Oregon – Disappointing loss for a team that was a fringe national title contender. Now, the path to the Rose Bowl will not be nearly as easy as many thought it would. 5
10 Southern Cal – Don’t look now, but those same old Trojans are back in the Pac-10 title picture even after a lackluster win over ASU. 2
11 Miami (Florida) 3
12 Pittsburgh – The more I look at Cincinnati and Pitt, the less I can tell them apart. Should be fun when the Bearcats and Panthers meet. 6
13 Iowa – When you play with fire, you get burned. 8
14 Ohio State 1
15 Arizona – ‘Cats didn’t prove much by dismantling Wazzu, but the team still sits atop the Pac-10 with Oregon. 2
16 Penn State 6
17 Utah 2
18 Oklahoma State 1
19 Virginia Tech 3
20 Wisconsin 4
21 Houston 2
22 Oregon State – Beavers are starting to make their annual late season push, and QB Sean Canfield is playing at an all-conference level.
23 Stanford – Tremendous win for Jim Harbaugh’s program. Can they slay another Pac-10 giant this week?
24 Clemson
25 Auburn
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Notre Dame (#16), Oklahoma (#20), California (#21), Brigham Young (#25).

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