In 2008 USC put one of the greatest college defenses out on the field I can recall. All 3 linebackers, Kaluka Maiava(Cle), Ray Maualuga(Cin) and Brian Cushing(Hou) start in the NFL. Their front 4 are on NFL rosters and 3 of their 4 defensive backs. Hard to believe that was only the season before last because from week 6 last year versus Notre Dame, that unit has not stopped one decent offense. Last night I had to repeatedly double check the screen to verify it was in fact, USC that I was watching. That Hawaii offense that put up nearly 600 total yards is not that high octane. With much of the same cast in 2009 they scored 6 points against Louisiana Tech, 9 versus Boise State and needed overtime to get to 17 against San Jose State. Conversely, that Trojan offense is loaded with weapons with a true freshman, Robert Woods, who might be the most electrifying true frosh in America. During his final 2 seasons at a Bay Area High School he was the state sprint champ as well as the conference MVP and defensive player of the year. Here's some advice if you bet on Southern Cal games. Take the over!
We're now officially at the eve of the Duck season. As much as anything, I've been encourage by the lack of news from the trainer's room. This team is healthy and it's amazing how that simple fact seperates them from many teams vying for big things. As far as what to expect from Darren Thomas, well that's easy. In his 3 years, has Chip Kelly ever picked out a QB and NOT gotten primo productivity? I didn't think so.
I have a couple of $25 gift certificates for 2 Friend's Pizza in Springfield. Text to 653 3098 or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org with an answer to the following. When the Ducks opened the 2008 season by pasting the Huskies 44-10, who was the team's leading rusher? Good luck & GO DUCKS!