It’s hard to think about with the Utah game such an emotional affair but this is a bye week.
Right now, USC is practicing today and Wednesday for sure. The rest of the week is not announced but some coaches probably want to leave Thursday to recruit.
USC coach Lincoln Riley said this Monday night after watching the film.
“No. 1 thing is we didn’t tackle well,” Riley said. “That’s been a strength of our defense the first six games. The most disappointing thing was the tackling.”
A couple other Riley comments:
“We weren’t good enough (on the pass rush).
“You get the roughing the passer calls and it changes the whole feel of the game.
- The officiating remained Topic No. 1 for many USC and Utah fans Monday night.
For all the positive publicity Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff gets why hasn’t he done anything about the officiating? He’s been on the job for 17 months.
Isn’t that one reason Merton Hanks was hired too?
- I should mention I infuriated Washington State fans on twitter a couple weeks ago when I mentioned USC graduate Frank Villar was the referee for the Trojans-Cougars game. Villar is a first-class official but the Pac-12 should realize something like that will anger fans.
One USC fan tried to tell me I was wrong about Villar being a USC grad. But I went to college with him. Then a reader said he was teammates with Villar on the USC JV baseball team.
But the USC fan who questioned Villar attending USC then said, “Any chance there are two Frank Villar’s?” You can’t satisfy fans. Ever.