Morning Buzz: USC Sees Subtle Difference In UCLA

A member of the USC coaching staff said Sunday night after watching films of the UCLA-Arizona game there are subtle differences in the defense from a month ago.

“There are some things different (on the film) from when (defensive coordinator) Bill McGovern was calling the games,” the coach said. “We obviously would like to know if he is returning. Is Clancy Pendergast or Ken Norton calling the plays?”

There is a similarity between USC and Arizona’s offenses.

“We have a quarterback who can run like Arizona so that will help,” the coach said.

  • Did USC coaches expect the Pac-12 would resemble the Big 12 in terms of high-scoring games and defensive breakdowns?

“The truth is (Lincoln Riley) is already used to this from the Big 12,” the coach said. “The perception was it would be some type of adjustment but it’s the same. Look at Oregon. They are supposed to have the best defense and they couldn’t stop Washington.”

  • By the way, when did the Rose Bowl change the colors on its stadium sign to blue?

33 thoughts on “Morning Buzz: USC Sees Subtle Difference In UCLA

    1. TRIVIA TIME FROM THE OL DOG

      DID SC AND UCLA EVER ENTER THEIR GAME WHEN BOTH TEAMS WERE UNBEATEN AND UNTIED ??

      THE ANSWER IS YES

      FROM MEMORY I BELIEVE THE LAST TIME
      AND MAYBE THE ONLY TIME
      WAS 1952

      OUR TROJANS WON 14-12 BUT SADLY LOST TO THE IRISH 9-0 ON A FROZEN FIELD WITH SNOW PILED EVERYWHERE BACK IN SOUTH BEND

      HOWEVER WE WON THE ROSE BOWL 7-0 OVER WISCONSIN AND THEIR GREAT RUNNER ALAN THE HORSE AMECHE TO CAP ONE OF OUR GREATEST SEASONS !!

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      1. AFTER THAT IRISH LOSS JESS HILL HAD THE GAME BACK THERE SWITCHED TO OCTOBER

        OUR LAST GAME BACK THERE AT THE END OF THE SEASON WAS 1954

        WE HAD THAT GAME WON
        WE WERE BIG UNDERDOGS
        BUT JIMMY MORSE RAN 73YARDS FOR A TD AS THE IRISH RALLIED IN THE FINAL FOUR MINUTES TO WIN 23-17

        THE IRISH WERE AND ARE TOUGH TO BEAT IN THEIR OWN HOME PARK

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      2. THE OL DOGS FIRST GAME AT THE COLI WAS ONE FOR THE ALL TIME BOOKS

        IT WAS SEPTEMBER 1944 AND THE GAME WAS AGAINST THE BRUINS

        YEP THE TEAMS SOMETIMES PLAYED EACH OTHER TWICE DURING THE WAR YEARS

        THE TROJANS WERE LEADING 13-6 AND HAD THE BALL ON THEIR OWN FIVE WITH ABOUT SIX SECONDS LEFT TO PLAY

        A SAFETY WAS THE PROPER PLAY BUT WE PUNTED TO A BRUIN GUY NAMED AL HOISCH
        I THNK THAT WAS HIS NAME. ANYWAY HE
        TOOK THE PUNT AROUND MIDFIELD AND RAN IT BACK FOR A TD

        SO 13-12 AS THE GUN WENT OFF BUT THE BRUINS STILL HAD THE EXTR POINT TRY COMING
        NO TWO POINTS IN THOSE DAYS AND THE GOAL POSTS WERE ON THE GOAL LINE
        STILL NO GIMME THO

        ANYWAY THE KICK HIT THE CROSSBAR
        BOUNCED STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR
        HIT THR CROSSBAR AGAIN ON THE WAY DOWN AND TRICKLED OVER FOR A13-13 TIE !!

        WE WON THE REMATCH 40-13
        WENT TO THE ROSE BOWL AND BEAT TENNESSEE

        ANOTHER GREAT TROJAN YEAR !

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      3. “THE IRISH WERE AND ARE TOUGH TO BEAT IN THEIR OWN HOME PARK”

        Senile tirebiter

        Football is played in stadiums you senile ‘ol fuck

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  1. Thanks for the memories George but I was humming the Neuter Dame fight song this morning because that is the game I am waiting on although this game coming up with sucla could be a trap game for our boys so I hope they’re not looking ahead

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    1. …not a chance, LJ.
      Rivalry week. Somebody on campus remembers, even if there is not a single USC coach or anyone in the AD office with any ties to this classic rivalry.

      This is when old man Goux would bring the talk. NFL Players and/or USC/NFL retirees would show up for practice during these two weeks.

      Your UCLA friends–whom you’ve not spoken to in ages–all of a sudden call to deride you. What a great time to be in LA…

      From afar, it’s just great to have USC and UCLA relevant in CFB again.
      The Chipper has slowly rebuilt a formidable offense in his image…
      If some defensive recruits choose UCLA over USC, watch out!

      Riles knows about rivalry games. I think it was Caleb–true Freshman– who got inserted in the Red River Rivalry game vs Texas and rescued the Sooners. (?). Trust in Riles.

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    2. John —If ever you accidentally hum the Notre Dame fight song it is IMPERATIVE that you immediately hum Conquest for twice as long afterwards…..
      ##It’sARuleI’veAlwaysFollowed

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  2. The PAC 12 and the NCAA are diametrically opposed when it comes to USC. The PAC 12 is a cabal to exclude SC from the championship while bleeding them for their big TV audience. The NCAA, however, is trying to elevate SC into playoffs for the TV audience they have, and that UCLA does not have. So, in the PAC -12 USC is Gulliver who is shipwrecked on the Island of Lilliput and held captive by ant people. But in the NCAA USC is more like Elvis Presley who the advertisers want in the running. Go figure.

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    1. Even if you tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy theory about USC were true, which it isn’t, the PAC 12 and NCAA would be doing USC a huge favor keeping them out of a top tier bowl game because the Ladies of Troy would get demolished against a legit top 10 opponent.

      #BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor

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      1. However TB tv only cares about money and SC is a national draw even when being mauled, maybe especially when being mauled to appease all those Trojan “haters” out there, “hate” as in how I hated the Celtics and Yankees until recently.

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      2. …of course tebow is still “wishing” for somebody to land on the moon…
        #”ItWouldBeSoAmazing!”

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    2. I haven’t heard the Ant People vs. Elvis reference before —but it sure sounds right, Wayne.
      btw, Pat Boone and Ann-Margaret are both still alive. Some enterprising producer could make hundreds of millions remaking State Fair with them starring in their original roles as teenage lovers. I’d especially like to hear Ann-Margaret belt out “I got a lot of living to do!” in her Merry Widow outfit.
      #JustAThought

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  3. You know I like the computer analysis…
    Artificial Intelligence “trumps” (so sorry) the silly trolls around here and their inane BS. Likewise, the Coaches and AP poll are universally skewed–after the top 3 or 4 rank.

    The computer has USC at about #13 or #14 overall and below Utah.
    Utah, at #6, benefits by a “tough loss” in the Swamp. USC with the #3 offense in America, has done very well versus 3 top 20 defenses–Utah, OSU (not so much), Wazzu.

    The USC D is rated #68 nationally, dropping from a mid-range #50 since Gentry (and GoForth) went out. Still, average giving up 24 ppg overall. Interestingly, UTAH is the #15 ranked Offense in the Country!

    The UCLA D is rated #78 nationally and getting worse. Chad K was our D line coach for a few years and no one here liked him. The UCLA D line has not done well this year, but they give up fewer yards rushing per game. Pendergast is listed as a “defensive analyst.” Hmmm.
    Ken Norton Jr as LB coach. Can’t seem to find a home after a great early career. UCLA pass D is about as good as USC’s.

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    1. Bourbon — I rate our d-lines as pretty equal …but I’d take our o-line over UCLA’s any day. And there’s no comparison between our receivers —all in all, USC has a lot going for them in this game. What we’re possibly missing is leadership. Caleb is a baller …but he’s emotional [& so are Mario Williams, Addison and Rice, btw]. Dye was as steady and mature as any young man I’ve ever listened to in interviews. A real inspiration. I wonder who on the offense becomes the vocal leader out there on Saturday [it doesn’t matter if we’re ahead…..but if we get behind it matters a shitload]……

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  4. I am often overly subtle, and that sentence proves it
    Of course SC cares about the sucla game
    As the ‘last man’ standing in the West
    the Trojans have a serious chance at the “Final-4”

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    1. …sorry to go to the Artificial Intelligence again, but USC is given a 28% chance of winning the Pac 12, with Utah at 32% and the Dux at 26%.

      Bru babies at 6.6% and UW at 3%.

      USC at 60% probability of beating UCLA.
      Yet to change, but USC at 69.5% chance of beating ND.

      Taken all together, 42% chance of beating both UCLA and ND.

      Throw out the computer? Hell yeah.
      Run the table. Got my room in Vegas already!

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  5. …with two great offenses being run by two of the best offensive HC in CFB, the game on Saturday comes down to mistakes and emotion.
    Maybe special teams (USC–#69 nationally, UCLA–#122 nationally).

    USC can make it’s destiny.
    UCLA can only be the spoiler.

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    1. Yep. UCLA is seeking redemption for blowing their season….
      #USCIsPlayingForAllTheMarbles…
      #We’reAboutToOpenTheOffenseInAWayNoOneHasSeenYet…
      #IfWePlayOurGame,WeWin…

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  6. Bill McGovern has experience from the NFL. He’s a cover 2 disciple. Brian Norwood develops the strategy for pass defense. Pro experience as well. Ken Norton is a former coordinator at the pro level. What does that mean for Saturday? They will test USC in patience. They will challenge USC on the edge and pass protect with Dye being hurt. They will see if they can get away with any man coverage. You don’t run something new at this stage of the season. You may change the look, but you run your best plays. Best comp to USC’s offense for UCLA?

    Arizona, sophomore QB with dynamic RB’s and playmakers at WR.

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  7. We will be able to pass against their defense with no problem. We need to go deep when they show 1 safety look. SUCLA played that half of the time against Arizona. We need to run the ball to set up the pass. Throw screens passes n let our play makers make plays on the perimeter. On defense we must tackle in space. Use some different blitz packages to disrupt DTR timing. We must cover the TE n Bobo. We must contain DTR and not give him any lanes to escape the pocket. Discipline is the main thing we must do. For the CFP we need a lot of help. LSU Tennessee TCU Michigan are our main threats for getting the last spot. Ohio St Michigan don’t have the SOS as the SEC teams. But they will pass the eye test based on their offense n defense. I believe the only way we get a nod is TCU must lose.

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    1. Mostly agree, Eric. [But] I hope we don’t waste too many downs on long [30 yard stuff] passes — it’s not that I doubt Caleb’s arm strength —it’s just that, for some reason, we’re not hitting on those…
      #It’sBecomeALowPercentagePlayForUs

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      1. Agree MG, is it me really, but I see Pendix, Nix, De Laura, completing those passes 2 R 5 year guys n 2 true sophomores. Caleb, this offseason work with all receivers to gain the proper chemistry. Please go to a QB guru coach not named LR. Work on footwork ball placement and looking for the check down.

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  8. I’m going out on a limb here and predict that someone is going to win Saturday. I’ll even give a clue as to whom I believe will win, they’ll be wearing gold as part of their colors.
    The team with the highest score will be going on to a better bowl game and taking the victory bell with them. Some of the people who regularly use this blog will be miffed, but others will crow like Peter Pandemic. (Silly spell check it looks funny so I didn’t fix it)
    That’s my prediction and I’m sticking to it

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    1. Second eye test defensively Michigan TD 232.0 PGA. USC 394.0 78th 2021 TD PGA 410.0 , not a big improvement from Todd Orlando YIKES Grinch by the numbers we need to get down to 320 YDS, to be a championship caliber defense. Georgia is around 270 something. That’s what the coaches should be looking at when you .compare Alabama vs. USC. LR must ask his self how can we get to that level? Michigan numbers are schewed due to their offense averages 35 minutes per game, and they don’t have explosive offenses in the BIG. I want us to get to that level does LR?

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  9. I’m concerned about UCLA. If SC can beat UCLA, I’m less concerned about ND. I think SC will beat ND regardless what happens in the UCLA game. ND is over rated. They don’t have a real good QB.

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