USC was ranked No. 21 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll on Monday night, exactly where the Trojans were ranked in the previous poll.
So ducking a bowl game did not benefit USC, at least from a poll position.
How funny was it to think of USC playing Alabama to start the season after watching the Crimson Tide beat Ohio State?
I joked on this blog once that Kedon Slovis should be held out of that game to assure his health for the rest of the season. I’m convinced now that would be a prudent move.
I could write a list of 100 things Alabama does that USC does not do.
But look at how players get better. DeVonta Smith got faster from last year to this year. How often do you say that about a USC wide receiver?
Give credit to the Tide’s wide receivers coach, Holmon Wiggins, who is from Los Angeles and was the 1997 L.A. City Section MVP at San Pedro High School.
Nick Saban hired Wiggins from Virginia Tech and Wiggins is known for coaching his wide receivers to be as tough as any other position players on the field.
So Saban wins with two assistant coaches from Southern California (Steve Sarkisian, Wiggins).
Saban is so good he could probably rejuvenate Clay Helton as a coach.