Lincoln Riley said today his confidence in kicker Denis Lynch is “very high.” Riley said Lynch missed the first FG because the holder’s foot was in his way.
Riley also spoke about the state of football in Southern California.
“I think people need to recognize that a lot of things have changed,” he said. “This program’s on a great trajectory. Chip (Kelly) has done a great job at UCLA. The home games at UCLA need to look like that, they do. Our home games need to be full, they do.”
Riley said he embraces the season finishing with a tough stretch of games.
“You have to embrace it,” he said. “It’s fun playing really good competition in cool venues with a lot of things on the line.
“I do think (the players) have a sense for it. We’re certainly not going to minimize the moment. I’m not worried about that. It’s probably more about us just staying focused on process and how can we get better.”
REACTION: Riley acknowledging the attendance at USC and UCLA games shows how the crowds this year have been generally disappointing. But if you want to draw more fans, you have to play good teams too. Neither USC nor UCLA has offered fans much of a schedule.