I never expected USC to actually beat Notre Dame.
But here is what burned me Saturday and even today.
USC had a bye week to prepare for the game. It knew it was playing a better team in a hostile environment.
So why didn’t the Trojans just go for it?
Why not run a couple trick plays? Maybe you fake a punt or field goal on special teams? Why not gamble to try and even the odds?
Instead, it was the same exact game plan that has led to losses to Stanford, Oregon State and Utah. Nothing different. And USC lost in a predictable manner.
It mystifies me because Donte Williams is an interim coach. What does he have to lose?
Instead, he’s coaching like a guy who thinks he can hold on to the job if he just stays the course and takes no chances.