Here’s a few things that have rubbed me the wrong way this week:
USC says it will be 6-0 for the first time since 2006 if it beats Oregon.
This is true but one of many disingenuous stats USC puts out that demean past teams. None of those teams had cushy Pac-12 only schedules. Would this team be on the verge of 6-0 if it played Alabama in the first game? What would the mood be if USC lost to Notre Dame in its final game this season?
- The media-industrial complex wants to anoint Talanoa Hufanga as a great safety after he had 17 tackles, a forced fumble and interception against UCLA.
Remember this is USC. A great safety is Charles Phillips. He had 13 interceptions in his career. He still has a piece of the school record with three pick-six touchdowns. One was against No. 5-ranked Notre Dame in 1974. Not some run-of-the-mill Pac-12 team.
Former USC safety Tim McDonald had 11 career interceptions. Hufanga has four interceptions, all this season.
Now it is true this is only Hufanga’s third season and it’s a short season. But Phillips only played three years and I’m guessing teams passed a lot less in those days.
I’m only mentioning these two because it’s likely some people didn’t see or don’t remember them playing. There are obviously many others.
Hufanga is good. But by USC standards, not yet great.
- Would Brandon Pili have been better off opting out of the season? He was billed by some as the best returning defensive tackle once Jay Tufele turned pro but broke his finger right before the season-opener vs. Arizona State.
Pili made two tackles against Utah and those were his only tackles of the season. He hasn’t started a game all season.
It might not hurt his draft stock because it’s a crazy season but it hasn’t helped returning either.