USC Morning Buzz: A 2023 Prediction

The 2022 season still has one more game left but I’m pulling out my crystal ball for a 2023 prediction.

I predict USC will finally win the Pac-12 title next season and play in the College Football Playoff. USC will play Alabama in the semifinals and lose, 42-24.

Even though the College Football Playoff expands in 2024, I think it will be tough for USC to make a return visit to the CFP as it spends its first season in the Big Ten.

65 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: A 2023 Prediction

  1. Obviously —by providing the actual score of next year’s semi finals this far in advance —-
    #……ScottFinallyAdmitsWhatI’veLongSuspected…
    #…HeHasReturnedFromAMoreAdvancedAgeToCounselUs….
    #….ThisIsWhyHeWarnedAgainstSark…..
    #…AndWhyWeShouldHeedHisWarningsConcerningGrinch….

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      1. I think Lawyer John knew this before us, Rushmore…. but he’s been talking around it [with all his references to individualized perceptions and stuff like that] instead of just cluing us in to the simple fact Scott is from another time…..
        #…ABetterTime….

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    1. Scott, your prediction is correct and on point. Lincoln Riley has no idea how to recruit or Coach physical football, that’s why Utah manhandled his team like little bitches in the conference championship game. And wait until USC gets to the Big Ten, that will be a comedy show in itself 😂 Teams like Michigan will have a field day running the ball down the Trojans throat 😂😂

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      1. Fortunately for those who enjoy the repartee on this blog, with the exception of your mean spirited, puerile remarks, the putrid stench of you is only digital and can be easily ignored. JustOwns? Nah…JustOdorous.

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    1. I think it’s time for you to get a girlfriend or boyfriend if that’s your thing, steveg49, because you have way too much time on your hands. Do you live on Scott Wolfs nutts ? Go get a life buddy.

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    1. This World,

      I don’t think UofA will hire Grinch as a head coach. Right now they afre happy with the head coach now. However, Grinch must improve. He knows it and he needs the players to do it. That is on him getting better players in at SC. He has had a year now.

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  2. Heck, a loss in the national championship game wouldn’t be so horrible.

    Thank God we all have so much more to look forward to in 2023. I mean, with everything else in the world going so well.

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    1. If anybody else typed that I would wonder if they were being facetious or not….
      #…ButYourMessageIsCrystalClear,SoCal

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  3. I will one-up wolf, and predict Bama will not make the CFP. They have question marks at the QB position. I doubt they have another Heisman winner waiting to take over.

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  4. You are highly over-rating the Big 10. Lots of mediocre or worse teams in that league. We might not even play Michigan or Ohio State in that first year in the conference.

    There will be further roster turnover by 2024 and with an expanded playoff, it is very likely USC makes it.

    Next year the Pac-12 is going to be a pretty tough conference to win. If I remember correctly we play Oregon and Washington, as well as Utah and UCLA. And Notre Dame is sure to be better. That could be 5 teams in the top 25 that we need to beat. That is a real difficult schedule, with an o-line that is going through a transition year and a defense that might not have a decent D-line.

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    1. A couple new tackles & a right guard and we’re good to go…
      […also a solid shrink assigned 24/7 to Mason Murphy: “Mason, it’s not healthy to derive sexual pleasure from ending every down on the seat of your pants in front of 60,000 fans…”]

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      1. the portal will have ,after spring ball, plenty of available and seasoned big ones for the line. SC has returning able bodied ones also…look fwrd to better results if they practice 2-3 times/wk in full blast mode,stop the helltonesque shorts and whatevers.

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    2. Absolutely right and the pressure on Marcus Freeman to prove his hire was the right move will be telling. Same for DeBoer (WA), Kelly (bel-air tech), Lanning (OR), Smith (OR St.). Sanders (CO) is going to draw eyes just to see him in action. This massive rise in quality is all due to Bohn snagging Riley and how that decision bore incredible fruit so quickly. All the rest performed way beyond their predicted outcome even ‘Legoland’ per their upset of ‘the Princess’ in So. Bend.

      It’s the last year in the Pac 12 then we have to bring the ‘village idiot’ to the Big10 and have the entire nation watch as fans finally show up to the Rose Bowl but every game will be a ‘home game’ for the ‘visitors’ and everyone knows it.

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  5. Beam me up, Scotty. Where do you hatch these takes? Spiro Agnew would call you, “A nittering nabob of negativity” without a doubt.Must we remind you that ANYTHING can happen in CFB.So getting there is the prerequisite – don’t you forget.This ’23 season could be even better with more time to accumulate players.I think Owns just nudged you to pass the marmalade.New Year’s resolution for you – stay away from the hookah.

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      1. I hate it SO when a vice president gets involved in felony conflicts of interest [especially if he becomes president]….
        #AndDoublesDown

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      2. You don’t even measure up to one who lives in a glass house as you throw rocks. Maybe a cellophane tent at best. #TheNeighborsCanSeeRightThroughYou

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      3. Ha! Who else?
        #ILoveThatGuy….
        #..He’llNeverStayOnTheCanvassForATenCount…..
        #Marciano,”LifeKnocksYouDownButChampionsAlwaysGetUp”

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      4. Owns, you appear to be the proverbial dung beetle – walking up to an ant hill and trash talking everyone.Good luck with that, fella.Tell us – what’s happening on the Ruin blog? Any action over there? Don’t make us come over there and spank you in public in front of your peeps.2023 is gonna be fun, don’t you think? Close the pod door, Dave.

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  6. Memo To: Slowless

    Re: Owns’ “… mean spirited, puerile remarks…”

    Yawn. It’um furious? Did they call you Pink ‘n’ Shitty in HS?

    Carl Hiaasen, in his book “Basket Case” inadvertently, Slowless, describes you via his main character, Jack Tagger. Tagger characterizes his boss, Race Maggad III (Talk about Clown U name) “…he’s a phony, a fop, a money-grubbing yupster twit.”

    “Twuely,” it’s not my fault you grew up to be a SUCC, spineless twat.

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      1. I’ll admit your apology crack is clever, but hey, lots losers like yourself Slowless, thought Donald J. Dump was clever.

        #Get a grip, willya?
        #Cue: “Puff the Magic Dragon”

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      2. Now we’re getting somewhere, JO. Don’t count me among the Dumpsters. Strictly an “I”. Having played the game at a very high level, I distrust all charlatans, i.e. politicians. Puff reminds me of orientation week (1966) when Tim Dillenbeck (the bubble machine guy on the Santa Monica pier) wandered into my room, third floor Trojan Hall, and asked where I was from. He was long haired, wearing a colorful tie-dyed shirt, bellbottoms, and huarache sandals. Not being a coastal kid, Dillenbeck asked me what the drug situation was back home. I proceeded to list the drug stores when he interrupted me laughing and said what he meant was did I smoke marijuana. I’d never heard of it. He pulled out a rolled cigarette, handed it to me and told me to smoke it some time. Said it was like drinking beer. I was 17, not a drinker, but occasionally smoked a red Marlboro while shooting pool. Anyway, that might The Association played at the football
        practice field for freshman orientation. Seeing others smoking cigarette I pulled out the one Dillenbeck had handed me and puffed away, although I got several quizzical looks from those around me. When I got back to my dorm room I put the Beach Boys on my reel to reel tape deck (trying to blend in-it was California after all) and sat back, door open. I’m popped Dillenbeck and asked if I enjoyed the concert. I told him “yes,” and added that I smoked the cigarette he gave me at the concert and it really enhanced the music. Great stuff. He was apoplectic. “What? You smoked that in public? Don’t you know it’s illegal? You better not tell anyone where you got it!” And he turned, exited, and stomped down the hall leaving me wondering how soon the campus police would arrive to arrest and expel me. Those were very interesting times. Just ask MG.

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      3. While I’m thinking about Dillenbeck (may he rest in peace), he was arrested during the Sunset Strip riots a few weeks later. Made the cover of on of those weekly magazines, Time or Newsweek. There was something happening as Steve Stills so eloquently put it. In subsequent years Dillenbeck ran a taco stand north of campus. On the way back to my apartment one night I ran into a very stoned Johnny Crawford wolfing down some of Dillenbeck’s pseudo-authentic Mexican cuisine. Not sure if he was there for some Dillenbeck smokeables too, but he was plenty glassy eyed. Must have driven. No horse.

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      4. Rushmore —Forgive me if I told this story before…. but…..two prosecutor friends of mine told me about the time they were driving back to L. A. at night after the Stanford game [while under the influence of some hallucinogen]. The driver stopped on the highway and asked the passenger “what if it doesn’t matter?” The passenger, thankfully, replied “what if it does?” —and on they went.
        #TheEntireHistoryOfPhilosophyEncapsulatedIn2Sentences

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  7. Scooter,

    Nice prediction. Mine is somewhat different. SC’s defense is not good enough to carry the team. Utah, oregon st., showed the world how to slow down Caleb. Put pressure up the middle with the nose guard and have two de ends come out side real fast and then a lber up the middle will slow him down. I expect SC to be around 10-2 and lose in the Pac 12 title game, again. They have not had the luck to win that damn thing. Cotton Bowl all over again for next year

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    1. Caleb was mainly successful against Utah in our first game by moving around in the pocket until something opened up rather than taking off. If he’s healthy we’ll be fine in the Cotton Bowl and next year. He just needs to use his feet to buy time to throw or slide to first downs —-no more trying to outrun corners and safeties down the sidelines.
      #Yes,60YardQuarterbackTD’sAreSpectacular…
      #…But,AsTheGreekPlaywritesPutIt,”PrideBeforeTheFall”

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  8. I’m not a B10 conference fan…The Pac12 had 6 teams in the top 25,more than anyone else. It stinks at tv everything, and scheduling is done by grade school intelligence. I would not have voted to move. SC will do even better next year,if they practice more than 1 day/wk in full uniform and full on hitting,etc…

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    1. I’m just glad we got LR as our coach. If you look at the all the head coaches in the Pac-12 today including the 3 new coaches coming into the league in 2023, if we still had Helton, we would probably have one of the 2 worst coaches in the league.

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      1. hellton probably worst in football …the Lincoln is a nice expensive upgrade,now he needs to build on the concept of ‘the thundering herd’

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  9. It depends upon how many teams there are in the 2024 playoffs. If there are 12, then SC should make it. I think that they should make it even if there is 8.

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    1. What Rick did makes Joe & Hunter’s deals with the CCP pale in comparison! I’m glad the justice community has it’s priorities straight.
      #[NothingLikeMeaninglessDiversions]

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  10. MG, speaking of Donald J. Dump, I mean conflicts of interest.

    The Dumpster claims he donated his POTUS salary to charity, but the charity it supposedly went to has zero record of ever receiving Dump’s donation. I am SHOCKED!

    At least Reggie “I saws the money, and I tooks it,” Bush showered his folks with some of the illegal funds he tooks.

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    1. I will never ever forgive Donald for losing billions by becoming President… Joe & Nancy’s example should’ve taught him it’s supposed to work the other way around…
      #Btw,IBetDonaldNeverReceivedAPennyOfGovernmentSalary….
      #[ThisWillGetRevealedInOneOfTheDozenTaxCasesDemsFiled]

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  11. Jesus Scott. The Big Ten is very overrated. I predict we win the Big Ten (or at least play in the title game) our first season there. Odds are a bit less though with a first year QB (assuming Caleb goes pro).

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    1. I actually think Malachi Nelson is going to be on par with Caleb. He’s got a great arm, a quick release and he’s very mobile. As long as LR is our coach, we will have a great QB. The whole country knows about his ability to develope QB’s. The only way a great QB might not want to go to SC is because SC might already have a great QB that he doesn’t want to compete against. In that case they will already have a great QB.

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  12. Making fun of Reggie Bush when Steven Mason was terrorizing his classmates in 2020. I can imagine what he sounded like when he attacked those women on campus. Oh well, UCLA can enjoy the woke cheer squad with that male dancer. Way to go, paragon of neutered testosterone.

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  13. Gonna be way harder to make college football playoffs in the Big 10 than the Pac12. We will miss the Pac12 autoberth immediately. Move is gonna backfire.

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