USC Morning Buzz: Post-CFP Thoughts

Needless to say, it was best for USC to avoid Georgia in any kind of postseason game.

Especially when you consider TCU was supposedly a good team from a physical standpoint.

How many points would USC have surrendered to the Bulldogs? The over/under was 80.

  • Say what you want about the SEC. But it has won four straight titles with three different teams: Georgia (twice), Alabama, LSU.

It has also won six of the past eight championships and 13 of the past 17.

  • You know who probably feels a little better today? Oregon. Their 49-3 loss to Georgia doesn’t look so bad now.

38 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Post-CFP Thoughts

  1. Lincoln Riley better start recruiting 5 star linemen, or he’s gonna get what TCU got last night 😂😂😂. He already got a sample size when Utah kicked the Trojans ass twice 😂.

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    1. Well, Utah beat them bad once, the other game came down to the last play, but Utah is the more physical team, but then they got bombed by Penn St who couldn’t beat Ohio St or Michigan.

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      1. Which is a clear indication that the Big Ten is a better, and more physical conference than the PAC 12. And if Lincoln Riley doesn’t step up his recruiting game, USC will be a middle of the pack team in the new conference. Riley can’t take Caleb Williams with him, so he better come up with different ways to win instead of relying on his quarterbacks arm .

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      2. A lot of coaches rely on their QB’s arm to start their offense…. Lincoln isn’t one of them. He relies on his QB’s arms & legs.
        And his receivers’ hands.
        And his runners’ feet.
        #ItAddsUp

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  2. That is what happens when you send a high school champion up against a college team. What did anyone expect?
    Here’s why Scott is right USC had no defense and an almost hamstrung quarterback this week. Even Owns could predict the outcome of a USC Georgia game and his comments would start with choka.
    Anyway Scott needs to go back to work at the paper. Today’s edition contains a glowing error, which sent me to the Google to prove it to myself. A wannabe sports writer named Mirjam was prattling on about TCU’s record when she came to the Oklahoma State score, but called them the Sooners. Scott would never make such an easy to spot mistake.

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    1. If I’m not mistaken many of the functions such as fact checking and proofreading are outsourced these days, so some cubicle drone 12 time zones away isn’t going to know that the wet-behind-the-ears writer goofed.

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    1. Expect Grinch to be there next year, Riley is a lot like Helton when it comes to canning incompetents, he won’t. And that dope CB coach Williams will still be around as well. What group sucked on defense the most ? The DB’s, who coaches them ? Grinch and Williams. And fire one of your TWO WR coaches and hire a special teams coach for christ sake !

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  3. Well it was TCU. They weren’t even their conference champion. I don’t care if it was by one point loss. Bama wrecked that team in the bowl.

    Goes to show that SEC still on top as usual. Nothing new.

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  4. Guys like Riley don’t play physical football, it’s all flash and points, they think they can just outscore everyone, Dykes is no different than Riley.

    I thought UDUB made the best hire last year, we’ll see how it pans out.

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    1. I think the Trojan run game was far more physical that the Husky run game in 2022. UW was likely the top passing team in CFB.

      Yeah, deBoer is a good hire and UW is back.
      We’ve got an enviable offensive program–which will recruit well.
      We will develop a good defense over time. Great defense? Maybe.
      Compete with the SEC elite? Unlikely.

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      1. Yes, Riley can coach the offense, no doubt, but defense has ALWAYS won championships, how many points did TCU score last night ?

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      2. Answer to karma’s rhetorical question: Not too many….
        #ILikedItWhenDykesSaid”We’llTryToMakeItCloserNextTime”…
        #…WishSomeoneSaid”50PointsCloserWouldn’tDoIt”

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    2. The big issue at USC is that Riley doesnt have a competent athletic director to help him become a real head coach. All we need to know is that Grinch is coming back and it says everything about the program.

      Next year, the Pac-12 is a gauntlet of quality teams. Going to be very difficult to win out. So we will probably waste Caleb’s talents without a CFP bid.

      I heard a podcaster who talked with a coach that visited Georgia’s program in the off-season and came away saying, “we cant do what they do”. Basically, it was the physicality. Georgia has enough depth that they can go full physical in practices. If they need to put in a second or even third string player, they are fine. That is what year after year of top 3 recruiting classes gives you. Depth.

      USC is going to be paper-thin. Do you think they will be able to practice violently? Nope.

      The core problem at USC is the poor recruiting. And at least a part of that is the fault of the AD, who has threatened any booster that wanted to start an outside collective. Just plain dumb is what Bohn head is.

      The Riley hire was the easy hire. Not a bad hire, but any college football fan would have made that call. The Washington hire is what took brains and guts.

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      1. Our lineup of Oregon State, Fresno State, Utah, UCLA & Notre Dame constituted a tough schedule in 2022. All bowl teams. The toughest newbie on the 2023 schedule —Washington — has to play us in the coli. So does Utah. If we lose to Oregon in Eugene we can still make the playoffs.

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      1. She looks like she should be staring in the old Geico “so easy a caveman could do it” commercials.

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    1. Show me one of his teams that played defense in a championship game.

      When you have no special teams coach and a inside WR coach and and outside WR coach ( that’s 1 too many coaching WR’s ), and you still have a DC who plain and simple didn’t adjust his schemes ( remember the Utah TE ??? ) and keeping Donte Williams who can’t seem to do much of anything, tell me where his interests lie ?

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    2. It is the total team philosophy and the way they practice. Riley tries to win by out-thinking and out-scoring opponents, but he doesnt have a core concept of physically beating down his opponents or building layer upon layer of depth through recruiting that allows the team to practice with total physicality. That is the core difference.

      It is very hard to out score opponents every week with strategy. The proven path to a perfect season that gets you a CFP win is with dominance. Physical and skill dominance across the board.

      That is what Riley doesnt “get”. Or he simply doesnt or cant recruit to that level.

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    3. Oh, he gets it, my friend. Boy, does he get it. In fact he said he was going to “study the reason for the alarming number of missed tackles.”
      #YouCan’tAskForMoreThanThat

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    1. We would have put up 2-3 more touchdowns, keeping Georgia’s offense off the field a bit more. But yeah, that would’ve been the only difference.

      Thank God for blessings in disguise.

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  5. “That 2022 SC Trojan Football Season” and amen to that brothers and sisters (do we have any here, they are allowed you know)–

    Repeating myself, if only the at-Utah game turned out differently SC would not have played Utah for the Pac-12 Title and ‘Celeb’ would not have gotten hurt, so in the semis it is the winner of SC-Michigan vs the winner of Georgia-TCU (I almost wrote SMU again, an Eric Dickerson team I am more familiar with)

    Nothing against TCU but either Michigan or SC would have given the Bulldogs a better game yesterday, and Ohio St certainly did, probably should have beat them–

    SC could have gotten by Michigan, probably would be rated even at the time, but Troy beating Georgia was not going to happen this year.

    But “There is always next year” in sports and less than 8-months to the 2023 Football season beginning all over again

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  6. Scooter,

    There is a simple solution to SC’s mess of a defense and it has been discussed earlier, SC needs to be very physical upfront on the dline and have great lbers. DB’s need improvement and they need to learn how to tackle.

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  7. I don’t see anything changing the outcome of an SEC team winning next season as of today. The only question is which SEC team will win? NIL has closed the gap along with the transfer portal but only Ohio St and USC have the offense to compete with the SEC top schools. Jalen Carter ran for eight days straight after the Ohio St game to get his conditioning up. No coach asked him to do that. You can tell that the Trojan defenders didn’t do the extra work needed to play better at the end of the year. I’m not sure if any players did the extra work. Maybe Rice, Bynum, Washington but it shows up on tape when you work out correctly.

    No coach can fix that.

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    1. Lou Holtz [yeah I know everybody here hates him…for good reason] said, “I go after players who I can trust in games —that means going after players who have the work ethic to push themselves —and that’s why I personally interview the players we recruit —I can tell within 5 minutes if they have what Notre Dame is looking for.”
      #You’reRight:CoachesCan’tGuaranteePlayerConditioning…
      #…ButTheyCanInviteIt….

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  8. I’m happy that it was not USC on the receiving end of an absolute beat down by Georgia and the resulting embarrassment in the CFB championship game.

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    1. Oh, it wasn’t that embarrassing. A few more TD’s and 2 pointers and 10 more field goals and TCU would have only lost by a couple of TD’s….

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  9. I don’t really think Ga is 56 points better than TCU on a regular basis. Sometimes a team just plays way above what is normal,and the other just can’t do anything right…it happens.Ga had some close games this year that were not as good as TCU.
    Think of Nolan Ryan the pitcher, when he was on nobody could even hit his pitches.

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  10. FIRE Grinch… Then U must go and Recruit Offensive Lineman and Defensive Lineman in 2024….need to be weighing 300 pounds…. The SEC gets Offensive Lineman and Defensive Lineman that are 300 pounds..Must play Psychical and Aggressive on Offense and Defense…just look how Georgia play s Football.USC needs a Top level Defensive Coach…

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  11. NOW that GRINCH is STAYING…. this is Grinch Final year to Prove he can coach a defense…. If the same old shiii happens on defense in 2023… USC students and Alumni Must Stop going to USC football game s…..

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  12. The SEC has the best teams that money can buy. They have been cheating for years while the NCAA just looks the other way or are asleep. The NCAA doesn’t wake up until they think that they have something on SC. Then they jump out of bed as if the house is on fire and their bed is burning.
    A couple of years ago there was this asian guy who did his own research. He was not a professional. He jusr went on the internet to Alabama’s football website and went to the roster and followed through on every one of the players on Alabama’s roster who had Instagram accounts. There were 26 plays who(on their instagram accounts) showed pictures of them sitting on the hoods of their expensive cars(some of which cost over $100,000) and some of them were actually showing rolls of bills. As far as I know, the NCAA looked the other way.
    Recently, Travis Hunter said publicly that Alabama(or maybe it was Georgia) called him before he even entered the portal. That’s called tampering. I guess the NCAA missed that one too.

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