USC Finishes Fifth In Directors’ Cup

USC just edged out UCLA in the final Directors’ Cup standings by 19 points to finish No. 5 in the nation.

Stanford, as usual, was No. 1. The Cardinal have won the Directors’ Cup 25 straight times.

Here are where the Pac-12 teams finished:

Pac-12 Conference Points
1. Stanford 1567.75
5. USC 1075.75
6. UCLA 1056.50
18. California 835.75
19. Arizona State 821.00
24. Washington 801.00
27. Oregon 762.25
41. Arizona 572.50
50. Colorado 511.00
65. Oregon State 364.35
79. Utah 278.75
88. Washington State 206.50


Full standings are here

6 thoughts on “USC Finishes Fifth In Directors’ Cup

  1. Lynn Swann and Clay Helton are responsible for Trojan football finishing 5-7.

    Thank Pat Haden for that.

    All Trojan fans can do now is Dream On…


      1. Trojan talent from that 2016 team overcame Clay Helton’s horrendous coaching…

        Alabama boast an impressive number of top recruits on the depth chart, but so do the Trojans. Plus USC football news from around the web.

        Can’t get enough USC football and basketball news? We’ve got your morning dose of all the best content from around the web concerning the men of Troy.

        1st & 10:

        First Word… On Tuesday, Belly of the Beast, an SEC-centric blog, posted a breakdown of Alabama’s 2016 depth chart featuring no names, only star rankings.

        The purpose of the exercise was to demonstrate just how the Crimson Tide roster is loaded with talent.

        After perusing the depth chart, there can be no question, Alabama is a physically talented football team.

        Of the 55 players on the two-deep, 42 of them were four or five-star recruits. That’s 76 percent.

        Impressively, 13 of those players are five-star talents, while 29 were four-stars.

        With that kind of representation, it is no wonder the Tide feature so prominently in any discussion of recruiting ranking average over any recent period of years.

        More precisely, the reason for the article’s existence was to show fans of teams not named Alabama just how “trash” their own depth chart is by comparison.

        For most squads, the message comes through loud and clear.

        But just how outmatched are Alabama’s season opener opponents, the USC Trojans?

        Here’s a look at USC’s two-deep with star ratings for reference:


        Max Browne ★★★★★

        Sam Darnold ★★★★

        Running Back

        Justin Davis ★★★★

        Ronald Jones ★★★★

        Wide Receiver 1

        JuJu Smith-Schuster ★★★★★

        De’Quan Hampton ★★★★

        Wide Receiver 2

        Darreus Rogers ★★★★

        Jalen Greene ★★★

        OR Michael Pittman ★★★★

        Wide Receiver 3

        Steven Mitchell ★★★★

        OR Deontay Burnett ★★★

        Trevon Sidney ★★★★

        OR Velus Jones ★★★

        Tight End

        Taylor McNamara ★★★★

        Tyler Petite ★★★★

        OR Daniel Imatorbhebhe ★★★

        Right Tackle

        Zach Banner ★★★★

        Chuma Edoga ★★★★★

        Right Guard

        Viane Talamaivao ★★★★

        Jordan Simmons ★★★★


        Toa Lobendahn ★★★★

        Nico Falah ★★★★

        Left Guard

        Chris Brown ★★★★

        OR Damien Mama ★★★★

        Roy Hemsley ★★★

        Left Tackle

        Chad Wheeler ★★★

        Chuma Edoga ★★★★★

        DefenseStrongside Linebacker

        Uchenna Nwosu ★★★

        Jabari Ruffin ★★★★

        Defensive Tackle

        Noah Jefferson ★★★★

        OR Rasheem Green ★★★★★

        Christian Rector ★★★

        Nose Tackle

        Stevie Tu’ikolovatu N/A

        Khaliel Rodgers ★★★★

        Defensive End

        Malik Dorton ★★★

        OR Rasheem Green ★★★★★

        Josh Fatu ★★★

        Outside Linebacker

        Porter Gustin ★★★★

        Don Hill ★★★

        OR Oluwole Betiku ★★★★★

        OR Connor Murphy ★★★★

        Middle Linebacker

        Cameron Smith ★★★★

        Olajuwon Tucker ★★★

        Weakside Linebacker

        Michael Hutchings ★★★★

        Osa Masina ★★★★

        OR Quinton Powell ★★★★

        Cornerback 1

        Iman Marshall ★★★★★

        Ajene Harris ★★

        OR Jack Jones ★★★★★

        Strong Safety

        Chris Hawkins ★★★★

        OR Leon McQuay ★★★★★

        Matt Lopes N/A

        Free Safety

        Marvell Tell ★★★★

        Ykili Ross ★★★★

        Cornerback 2

        Adoree’ Jackson ★★★★★

        Jonathan Lockett ★★★★

        OR Isaiah Langley ★★★★

        For those keeping score, that’s 55 players on USC’s two-deep, not including the kickers or the repeat appearances by Chuma Edoga and Rasheem Green. Of those, 39 were four or five-star recruits coming out of high school.

        In other words, 70 percent of USC’s two-deep were top-flight recruits.

        That’s incredibly close to Alabama’s percentage when you consider the fortunes of the two programs over the last five years.

        While the Tide outmatch USC on five-star recruits, it’s not by all that much. The Trojans boast nine five-stars to Alabama’s 13.

        In truth, USC’s recruiting averages have been among the best, despite the scholarship reductions and instability around the program.

        In the end, star rankings don’t mean that much. After all, Chad Wheeler is a three-year starter but only had three-stars when he arrived at USC. Meanwhile, Utah transfer Stevie Tu’ikolovatu didn’t draw any star rankings but still looks set to be a major cog in the Trojan defense.

        What these comparisons do tell us is that while the Tide have trophies to show for their loaded roster, the Trojans will field just as much potential. The key is getting that potential to produce.

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  2. The bottom line Tebow:

    Alabama 52 – Felony U 6 (zero TD’s)

    There is no accounting for the failure to live up to your talent grade vs equal or better competition.

    Max Browne is the only guy from that 2016 bozo FB squad I’d want in my foxhole.


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