USC-UCLA Morning Buzz: First Team To 60 Wins

It seems like all the good Crosstown Rivalry quotes are coming from UCLA this week.

Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson said UCLA wants to break 60 points vs. USC. Did Thompson-Robinson say if that would be enough to win the game?

I’m going 63-62, someone.

UCLA ranks 9th in the Pac-12 in pass defense. USC ranks 8th in rush defense.

  • USC is ranked No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings. It’s hilarious that some fans are now saying they don’t want the Trojans to make the CFP Final Four because it would be too difficult. Isn’t the whole point of being a Trojan that you want to compete to be the best?
  • USC defeated Vermont, 59-57, at the Galen Center on Tuesday night before 1,838. Vermont lost to Cal State Fullerton, 94-85, on Sunday.

The culprit again for the Trojans was 3-point shooting: USC was 3 for 16. Drew Peterson led USC with 20 points.

  • Isaiah Collier, who is a consensus top-five player in the nation, will announce his college choice today. USC, Michigan and Cincinnati are the finalists for the point guard from Marietta, Ga.
  • This wasn’t a great season for kick off times at the Coliseum. The earliest kick off was the season-opener vs. Rice at 3 p.m. Naturally that was the hottest day of the season.

99 thoughts on “USC-UCLA Morning Buzz: First Team To 60 Wins

      1. Joe Willie Namath famously predicted that the Jets would beat the unbeatable Baltimore Colts in SB III…
        (The GB Packers had famously whipped the AFL Chiefs and Raiders the two previous years)

        Then he delivered.

        …I guess it’s up to DTR to deliver.

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      2. Sometimes “guarantees” are a sign of confidence ……. sometimes they are a bit like whistling in the dark on a stroll through the graveyard at midnight….
        #It’sMidnightForUCLA

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  1. I’ve learned in the past three years that there is a loser mentality that exists among some USC fans. From wanting to keep Clay Helton to not aspiring to make the CFP and other examples.

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    1. THATS TRUE CHARLES

      THATS WHY I POSTED EARLIER THAT I WANTED TO SEE US IN THR PLAYOFFS

      IF THE WORST HAPPENS AND WE LOSE
      WELL. TIS BETTER TO HAVE LOVED AND LOST THAN NEVER TO HAVR LOVED AT ALL !!

      AND MY OLD FRIEND LAWYER JOHN AGREES WITH ME. AS DO SO CAL AND BOURBON. AND DEEP IN HIS HEART MY BUDDY MICHAEL AGREES TOO
      HECK
      EVEN OWNS AGREES

      OWNS TOOK THE ARIZONA LOSS LAST WEEK LIKE A GOOD SPORT
      AND
      HE WILL DO THR SAME THIS WEEK TOO.

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      1. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if we win these last two. Cal is still sitting in the back of my head.

        Knowing Pendergast is handling SUCLA’s defense does give me more hope against them. LOL

        F*** the Ruins!

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      2. slo cal made another gaffe, he meant to say….. Biden is still sitting in the back of my head.

        You take one look at slo cal and you can see why trump said he loves the uneducated….sad!

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      3. Yeah, but I’m obviously living in your head rent free. LMAO

        Seek help. Get over your obsession with me, Stalker.

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      4. Truth hurts.

        Keep lying to yourself. Lying is all you have. I’m not the only one to point this out. Hell, you’ll even lie about that! LMAO

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    2. True Trojans want another shot at Utah [which nearly beat some great Big 10 team in the Rose Bowl –was it Ohio State? Michigan?] ….and then….. Ohio State or Michigan themselves…..and then….
      #….The Big Revenge Game: Georgia [Southern]..
      #Let’sShutHelton’sOpenMouthForGood

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    1. Past and Futre President Trump has to take no prisoners. Shoot them where they lay. Biden, gone, Pelosi gone, shumer gone, “Rat Fink”, Adam Schiff, gone, newsom scared. President Trump needs to visit CA, like every other month in Scaremento, SF, LA, Fresno, and San Diego. Piss off Newsom and the Large mouth Bass.

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      1. PT,
        Why do you believe the democraps cheated in the midterm elections? Other than hearing other people say it, what actual evidence has you convinced?

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      2. Inquisitive One,

        I believe it but there is no proof from me. Now, if Trump is smart, he will move forward and never mention about cheating. Stick to what he had said last night. If he says that the democraps cheated just once, then he will lose the candidacy to Santos. Let the past be the past.

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      3. dude, you know I love you like a hemorrhoid!….. But you sound like the typical one-tooth insane MAGat. You’re out of touch with the pulse of this country. Trump is done….put a fork in it!!!!

        Let me help you(you need it)….Here’s the definition of “insanity”- doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.

        With that said, he took an ass whipping in 2018, 2020, 2022, and in 2024 he will lose by over 10 million votes.

        #WAKE-UP!!!!!

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      4. So you believe it only because Trump and Mike Lindell said it happened?
        If it actually happened, how could Trump ever let it go? That’s a very serious accusation.
        Or did he just make it all up?

        I’m very inquisitive

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      5. PT…… the same approach you’re talking about is why the repukes continue to take an ass whipping at the ballot box….get educated, I can’t do it for you….

        you continue to dumb yourself down….show some self-dignity….just saying!

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    1. Gen-z put Democracy ahead of short-term issues and slapped slo cal around like a pinata at the ballot box…..still laughing my ass off!

      #BLOG-DUNCE!

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  2. Like a ten year old playing with a cardboard box, she gets amusement from the same lame jokes over & over again, even though no one else does. Sad.

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    1. Says the 10-year-old who talks about a 74-year-old woman lactating into the mouth of a grown man, and calls me a “she”, along with other childish descriptive words…….Dude, you’re swimming in a sea of hypocrisy

      #BLOG-DUNCE!

      PS……where was the red wave……you have yet to explain how wrong you were….never mind, you lack the mentality to debate yourself out of a paper bag….pathetic!

      PSS….I don’t care what others think of my comments…I enjoy slapping you around for my own entertainment…..dipshit

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      1. The senile troll is now claiming the beating he took at the ballot book is actually a moral victory……just like how the ruin’s have been claiming moral victories for decades…..he’s no better

        #BLOG-DUNCE

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  3. Football games seldom work out the way everybody prognosticated, much as a chess game one move can alter the course of a contest, one turnover can cost a football game

    We talk about the NFL-heading sucla runner but I still recall writing about the sucla quarterback a couple of years ago as being “electrifying” as a runner, so there is also that for SC to try to contain

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    1. Whenever you feel worried about Saturday just think of how many weapons UCLA has to “contain” —-and any one of them can kill ya on the scoreboard… UCLA has 2 [maybe 3] —USC has 10…..[maybe 12]…..

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      1. Oh mg that was the classic caught looking ahead trap for ucla i could tell from the first snap of the game everything was a step slow and there heads weren’t in it im sure there will be more flames flying out of the ears Saturday

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      2. I like the way you think, bro’ and my 2-cents worth is that I am assuming for now that SC runs the table and brings home the possibility of then being voted into the
        Final-4 which at season’s end probably looks like this (if SC wins out)
        Georgia
        Ohio St or Michigan
        TCU (if undefeated)
        SC
        Tennessee
        Ohio St or Michigan
        Alabama
        Clemson
        LSU

        The Trojans nose out bias-favored Tennessee for having played one game more
        But Georgia must beat LSU (highly likely) and
        loser of Ohio St-Michigan is best once-beaten team in the field and may only fall to 4
        (highly unlikely in order to avoid a possible rematch a week later)

        Point is this sucla game is small potatoes compared to what SC ultimately wants
        which is an invite to the ‘Final-4’ and a shot at the National Title whether Troy is ready or not

        G

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      3. T Bruins —
        We need to discuss terms. Please remain on standby. I think I’ve come up with a way of carrying out our bet. It will require an initial outlay on your part [but I know that won’t be a problem]…..
        —Yours Truly

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  4. My rivalry-week contribution for today:

    A tale of two coaches…

    Chip was a football genius…from U New Hampshire. A football powerhouse, no doubt. He is certainly clever. His “fast-break”
    offense was designed to allow inferior FB talent (as Oregon is famous
    for signing) to compete against better players and better programs by
    running simple (mostly option) plays quickly to prevent the defense from organizing a response (either via substitution or communication).
    The home field advantage was key in Eugene for this type of offense.
    In his last few years he added a few defenders, but defense was never relevant. Versus weak competition on the road he’d get a win. Versus strong competition at home he often won. Once he got into a neutral environment versus a team with O and D, he was sure to lose.
    He knew the system would implode, so he took it to the NFL and indeed, better players and better coaches showed him to be “not a genius.” A good gimmick guy–exposed by the NFL to not be a good coach.

    A few talented Dux had some success in the NFL. Jonathan Stewart did pretty well. Whom else? Marriota? WR/TE? I don’t think he had anything to do with Herbert. Generally, his teams and players racked up a lot of gaudy stats in the Pac 12 and then took their UO education (or relative lack thereof) and went out into the World–likely unprepared.

    I think he subverted the rules of College Football and is a “cheater.”

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  5. I think Riley is actually a real smart person and coach.
    I suspect he’s a great motivator and great organizer and a great leader.

    His record at OU runs about 10 wins in a bad year and 11 wins in a good year. After developing a great offense, he was methodically working on the OU defense when he left for a better future for himself and his family.

    So many of his WR and QBs and RB’s and linemen are succeeding in the NFL. He signs good talent and develops good talent into NFL ready players.

    Big difference.

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    1. Riley IS smart — evidence thereof: When asked if Austin Jones presented any new opportunities on offense —he hesitated, then smiled to himself….and said “yes.”
      #ThinkAboutThatClancey

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      1. Michael,

        Just imagine another John Mckay with the “Aw shucks”, attitude by Riley. A lot more coy than McKay as well. The only thing Riley has to do is take the attiude Mckay had about defense and that is, go get the ball. If Riley can build a defense then SC could be real good.

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    2. I liken Wiley when talking to his players in a group as having the same easy natural confident ‘voice’ that McKay and Robinson had with the extroverted Carroll voice being a bit louder than the others. When the entire team is riveted by what their Coach is saying you know you have a leader

      In contrast and tied-in with the poster writing that SC fans had a loser mentality, well it’s true because the Trojans were losers led by a man who should have been a used-car salesman not a leader of young men

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  6. USC defense is ranked #87 in college football currently.

    Says a lot about coaching on the defensive side considering non-perennial powers with equal to greater competition are much better. They do not have the players USC has now.

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    1. …the FPI computer has USC at #77 defense.
      Either number is out of 128 defenses, so it is definitely not stellar.

      The computer takes into account the offense’s performance versus other teams and compares accordingly. USC has played against 4 or 5 of the top 20 offenses in the country, so one would suspect that the defensive performance would be skewed by that competition.

      When the D was at full strength, it was rated mediocre by the computer at about #50.

      My goal is to see defensive improvement every year with Grinch.
      Say, #40 next year, #20 the following year, etc.

      Interestingly, Ohio State had a horrid defense for several years under Ryan Day and has only recently built a good D.

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      1. I just figured something out: If Gentry is playing his job is ‘stop DTR every time he takes off.’
        #..AndHeCouldDoItToo..
        #[HopeEric’sHealthy]!

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  7. I love how this sucla quarterback, I never know the name of an enemy, is talking smack while SC simply sits and listens while working on their QB Rush-techniques

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      1. All the bantering goes out the window once the kick-off takes off….. Then it’s all about will-power and making the plays in the given situation…..

        It’s truly pathetic how fans/players get wrapped up in the sideshow BS

        #BEAT-THE-BEARS

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    1. Reminds me of the 1973 game between SC and ugly. They had roses in their mouths and talking smack as usual telling SC how they were going to win. The starting guard was next to Mckay, and says, “They actually believe that they will win”. SC smoked them in that game.

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    1. That great SC basketball recruit probably made Wolf wince trying to figure out how to turn this hot cherry-pie news into a pile of leftover lima beans

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      1. You’re right, MG!!!…..Wolf marches to the beat of his own drum, it’s why he’s alienated himself from the perceived “Inside USC with Scott Wolf”.

        I recall the days when Wolf and his female(s) understudy would often post interviews with players arriving or leaving the practice field………Now = crickets!

        I still enjoy posting figuratively!

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  8. Kelly vs Grinch is going to be interesting to watch. Will USC slant their line and risk exposing Gentry to injury? Or do they play one gap with 5 down, two standing up on the edges? 4 won’t work because UCLA has tackles that can maul anyone USC has on run plays. The Trojans are stronger than they were last year though inside on defense. Will it be slants and safeties come down? Or one gap with CB’s playing hard run support? Can’t wait to see!

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      1. Bourbon — I wish I had scrolled down to your post! [I thought I was being so brilliant when I came to the same conclusion you did…AFTER you came to it]…

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  9. I always wonder what is meant by “some fans” or “a coach” when written as fact. I wrote a paper for my college class once, I quoted a fictional Dr. Mark Travis (my brother’s first and middle name). The Lady who helped me by typing my paper asked who the Dr. was and I admitted that I was using a fictitious name to present my viewpoint. She refused to type the paper as written and inserted “a doctor” in its place. I got a D on the paper and the reason was that simple change. The instructor’s note said everything was correct except, I didn’t quote a person, I used a title to lend credibility to my statement. I learned to use word processing programs after that.
    My point is “some fans” is too generic to hold any meaningful insight. I can’t imagine any fan not wanting their team to get into the playoffs. This isn’t Fansville in a Dr. Pepper commercial, talk to real people (sans trolls) about real people, because some people don’t believe some people.

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      1. To me, most of the commercials I see on TV are just plain stupid and silly, but some of them are pretty good. But from the companies standpoint, even some of the ones that are really funny don’t make it clear what the commercial is promoting. I’ve seen really good commercials but if you asked me what was the product that they are promoting, I couldn’t tell you. Not so with these Dr. Pepper commercials.

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      2. Yes, but they can make the most ridiculous claims in commercials and there will always be some who are stupid enough to believe it.

        As we see above, someone was actually stupid enough to believe that “Democracy was on the ballot” last Tuesday! They couldn’t run on accomplishments, so they ran on that ridiculous claim and it worked.

        “Idiocracy” was just a movie, not a call to action!

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      3. slo……can you tell me what the republican platform was for the 2022 midterms……details….O’wait, I’m dealing with the blog dunce…..zero debating skills….shit!!!!! he’s still looking for the red wave….it’s actually the plug between his vertical smile….gross!

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  10. If Michigan beats Ohio St., then USC gets screwed even if they win out because Ohio St will not drop past 5 in the CFP. TCU has to lose if USC wants in after a Wolverines victory. What keeps USC out is beating the Irish at home makes Notre Dame a very pedestrian 4 loss team (thanks, Stanford) and diminishes both teams. Clemson being trash doesn’t offer any points as well.

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      1. Wow!…..the 90-year-old troll talking tough…..dipshit….

        Another laughable comment from the blog-dunce….you can’t make this shit up….

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      2. Look who’s talking! Mr. “Let’s Meet Up!” Waaaaahhhhh!!!

        Go ahead and show what a complete dumbshit you are, by crying because I stated one time what would happen. As if I was the one to suggest meeting up!

        You lie and make excuses. That’s the Village Idiot’s life.

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      3. Real men meet up and confront the pussy on the other side…..I guess you’re not a real man….I know, the shar-pei took your balls…..I get it, you prefer to run your mouth and hide behind the keyboard…..That’s called a COWARD!

        coward: a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.
        1.
        LITERARY
        excessively afraid of danger or pain.
        2.
        HERALDRY
        (of an animal) depicted with the tail between the hind legs(so true)

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      4. “Real men” don’t meet up because someone posted something that made them cry. It would require someone who never grew up to even suggest it.

        Damn, your parents failed so miserably for you not to grasp this very basic concept. Shame on them!! Catholic my ass!

        About as Catholic as I-Support-Abortion Joe, or else they would have raised you to follow some of the Church’s basic precepts. “Let’s meet up cuz you made me cry” isn’t one of them.

        So feel free to keep proving to everyone that you are, indeed, the Village Idiot.

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      5. poor senile slo troll throwing any and everything he has at the wall hoping something sticks. Making up excuses why real men run and hide behind their keyboards because the wife took their balls.

        You’re a little coward who needs to grow back the balls the shar pei flushed down the toilet. You’re so pathetic, Elmer Fudd is now laughing at you….

        Keep running your mouth and remove all doubts of your incompetence! You and trump have more in common than I thought, feel proud!

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    1. Musk is coming in with guns blazing like a new sheriff in town……Here’s the reality of it, he overpaid by 20 billion but his big fucking mouth got the best of his massive ego, and backing out of the deal would make him look weak, and crush his already fragile ego.

      He’s basically alienated the backbone of this company with his threats……Why?…..If it’s not broken why try to fix it?…… Numerous big corporate sponsors who generate the bulk of advertising revenue have bailed on him

      For lack of a term….”He’s in panic mode”…..only a mouth in…..

      #BURN-BABY-BURN!

      PS…. slo cal is clueless….absolutely zero mental capacity

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      1. MIDDLE FINGER UP X2……Ditto, I never read the 10 plus links you post a day nor do others, or they would comment on it….someone had to bust your balls….get a real job

        You boi Musk is looking like a floundering buffoon!

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      2. Schrodinger’s Idiot: Someone who says really stupid things, then decides whether or not he was joking based upon the reaction of people around him.

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      3. Dude….you have the wit of a child…..true mental midget

        Speaking of “butt-hurt” how many times has the shar pei told you to never use Tiny without the KY lube……now that’s the real meaning of “butt-hurt”….ouch!

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      4. Wasn’t trying to be funny. My statement was just a fact.

        Unlike your lame Depends, shar pei, outhouse, KY insults which are truly something only a child would find funny. Not to mention having used them over 50 times! Get some new material, Simpleton.

        You are not only the biggest liar on this blog. You’re also the biggest hypocrite.

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  11. Maybe President Flo finally figured out the #DefundPolice camp not a good place to be.

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    1. I’ve heard and read horror stories about the incident that Folt is tweeting about. Nobody deserves to lose a leg while jogging because some fool made a wrong turn. I don’t care how you feel about police, when training nobody should be able to plow through a group of trainees.

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  12. Liberal activist Warren Beatty (who I like as an actor) now accused of sodomy rape of a 14 year old girl 50 years ago on the movie Parallax View (which I’ve seen). I’m sure Warren knows Roman Polanski and would be great neighbors on the Champs-Élysées.

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  13. Getting back to the game, which I may presume is the primary subject of this section, I see some comments about the defensive strategy that Grinch may try to use. 4 down linemen won’t work against UCLA because they use two tight ends alot. You can use 4 down if your in nickel or dime but Chardonnay can run for 15+ to get a first down. Also, man to man presents a problem because the qb is mobile and will out run or make defenders miss. Put the ego aside and recognize that UCLA will have the best offensive line that USC will face. Better than Notre Dame. You have to crowd the line of scrimmage, play zones and blitz safeties and your best tacklers to minimize the damage. Grinch is a gambler, so setup Chip Kelly and sneak a new zone blitz to get off of third downs and fourth downs. UCLA will be desperate to beat USC with their season being over.

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