Part 1: Can The Big Ten Bounce Back From A Disastrous Season In 2008?
Part 2: Can Texas Tech Reload After Losing Graham Harrell And Michael Crabtree?
Part 3: Will Ohio St. QB Terrelle Pryor Be Able To Live Up To The Hype In His Sophomore Season?
Part 4: Will Urban Meyer And The Florida Gators Be As Hungry This Year As They Were In 2008?Part 5:
Part 5: Is The Big East More Than Just A Basketball Conference?
Part 6: Is Nebraska Defensive Tackle Ndamukong Suh The Best Player In The Big 12?
Will USC Roll to Another PAC-10 Title?
No. (Sorry Will, Semi-Pro took all the love out of me.)
With a gauntlet of road games including trips to Berkeley, Eugene, and Tempe, the Trojans will be hard pressed to keep the Oregon Ducks from taking the PAC-10 title. Include trips to Columbus and South Bend and Pete Carroll might even find his squad looking at a non-BCS bowl.
The pro style offense that Carroll has perfected will be fine. No matter that it might be helmed by as many as three different QB's during the season. When you have TWO pre-season All-American offensive lineman such as C Kris O'Dowd and G Jeff Byers, you will impose your will upon the opposing defense whether its Stafon Johnson, Joey McKnight or do everything FB Stanley Havili running the ball. Still, the amply hyped frosh QB Matt Barkley could be shell-shocked walking into the Horseshoe with 100,000 screaming Buckeyes for his first EVER road game. Aaron Corp has been demoted by his head coach just weeks after being endorsed as the starter. And
That defense is another story. Losing nine players to the NFL cannot be replaced equitably. This group will be susceptible to teams that can beat you with power, as they will be plenty athletic. Ohio State and Oregon will try to bludgeon the Trojan defense, slowing the game and keeping uber safety Taylor Mays up in the box defending the run. This keeps that potent SC offense on the sideline.
Southern Cal manages a head scratching loss every season. This year add another L that may not be so surprising. In a season where parity in the FBS will be at its peak, they still might garner a BCS bowl bid, but I'd say the men of Troy are in trouble.
Pete Carroll does an excellent job of keeping his guys loose and Ferrell is just one of the foils he uses during spring practices. Carroll should be applauded if he can get this team back to a championship game in a year where he has lost weapons to injury and an entire defense to graduation.
On top of it all it looks as though the NCAA is looking to make an example of the vaunted Semi-Pro (couldn't help myself) Trojan football team.
Will this negative prediction of his beloved Trojans result in a visit from Will Ferrell demanding that I play myself in his upcoming sports movie spoof? I can only help.
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