2009 NCAA Football Season Primer, Eight Questions That Will Quench Your Thirst For College Football Debate

Will USC Roll to Another PAC-10 Title? Can Will Ferrell Ever Make Another Funny Sports Movie? Same Answer.

8/31/09 in NCAAF   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

This is part 7 in an 8-part series. Here are the earlier ones, if you missed them:
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 what, other than being a big headed mama's boy, has Mitch Mustain (the Arkansas transfer) ever proved?


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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12/27/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

djjfrench wrote:
 I opened this up just to see if there was some BS about the Ducks.  There was, and they won't win jack never do never will as far as I'm concerned.  i can't stand the Ducks or the Pac-10.

Hmmm, you must hate the Ducks even more now. On a happy note for you, the Mountain West has opened a can on the Pac 10 this bowl season.

11/15/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

mjc613 wrote:
SC is loaded, and the fact that Pete Carroll named Matt Barkley the starting QB as a Freshman, will greatly enhance a top recruiting program.  Now, Pete and others can go into High School seniors living rooms and say, you can start next year as a Freshman... Barkley will now start for the next 3 years and then is projected to be the TOP pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.  SC knows what lies ahead, they will be prepared for Oregon, Cal and ND.  The difficulty is losing to teams like Stanford who was a 41 point underdog at the Coliseum... Carroll needs to get them UP for each and every game... he will...

Two words: Emerald Bowl.

9/29/09   |   MarkTheShark   |   590 respect

elevenbravo138again wrote:
Oregon State, Oregon, Cal, ASU, and even UCLA will have a chance to win a game against USC, but I still see at worst a tie for the top spot for USC, the youth under center, the injury to Ronald Johnson and sickalicous 6, count them, 6 5-star recruits at TB!  And the best FB in college football, who's backed up by Allen Bradford a former top 100 recruit at TB, all mean it's likely you'll  see a more ground centric offense this year.  About his RB situation: “We don’t have a starter,” Carroll says. “They’re all starters.”  Which in a way is true the last backs on the depth chart, Marc Tyler and Curtis McNeal would start for about 100 of the FBS schools.  At QB Corp seemed to have a better command, makes reads quicker, knows how to get the ball out on time, throw underneath, and wait for things to open up down field, if no one is open Corp can run, I think he will play as well as Mustain, Barkley is hyper-mature, has the best arm since the days of Palmer and is the future at the position.  The loss of Johnson likely means a more ball-control, possession, slant/curl/flat route based passing offense to the very large possession WR David Augsberry 6'3.5 234 and 6'4.3" 256 TE Anthony McCoy.  When Blake Ayles is healthy he gives them a player with Dallas Clark-type seam attack abilities.  McKnight will also line up in the slot and catch about 4 balls a game.  Flashy Frosh De'Von Flournoy has made dynamic plays throughout training camp, but he does not completely understand the offense, seldom used Junior Travon Patterson also lends more pure speed and has sprinted for USC's 2008 track team, his best in the 100M is 10.44.  The real star on offense will be the offensive line which has Charles Brown, Jeff Byers,  
 
Defense is the true apparent weakness, however Jurrell Casey, Everson Griffen, Christian Tupou and Averell Spicer could all be as good or better than last years starters as down linemen and though DE/DT Armond Armstead and CB Patrick Hall are hurt, This will be the fastest defense under Pete Carroll. They can run. The defensive line is powerful and deep in the middle. Players like Malik Jackson Loni Fangupo will offensive the front 4 more big play potential plays this year.  That will make up some for putting four LBs in the NFL, but the cupboard's not bare, Chris Galippo is a Gradisharesque technically sound QB of the defense, SLB Michael Morgan and WLB Malcom Smith both run in the 4.5-4.6 range, this years front 7 is actually better suited to shutdown spread option teams and quick backs like Jacquizz Rogers than last years.  And now the jewel in the crown.  The USC secondary has a chance to be one of the best in the nation, that plays on Saturdays at least, if Shareece Wright is eligible to play, even though neither linebacker Luthur Brown nor corner back Shareece Wright were academically cleared as of yet USC continues to wait for their summer-class grades to be processed. It's now likely that Freshman safety Patrick Hall, who returned home after tearing knee ligaments, well red shirt as he is also waiting to be cleared by the NCAA.  Without Wright or Hall, Pinkard and Mays are still the best safety tandem in the NCAA, Will Harris, is looking like a future pro:  T.J Bryant, Kevin Thomas and Brian Baucham are all very talented but green but have flashed coverage ability and ball skills in Spring and Fall practices.  The punter Bill O'Malley and PK either Jordan Congdon or Joe Houston are all very solid.    

 

It looks as though that hyped OL has let them down more than the young defense has....what say you guru?

9/1/09   |   guylake   |   321 respect

(Edited by guylake)

Don't sleep on Cal. If they get good QB play, they will be very dangerous. Oct. 3. Mark it.

9/1/09   |   TroSteel   |   1 respect

Pat wrote:
This might be a rebuilding year for USC. But unlike other schools, "rebuilding" at USC means 2-3 losses, at the most.

oh my usc wins again.....

9/1/09   |   das3cr   |   288 respect

Wouldn't break my heart to see a big fat 0 in the win column for them.

9/1/09   |   pullardjohannis   |   3 respect

USC will be there or be square and I never been square. So to answer that question, yes.

9/1/09   |   kroberts92782

duhhhhh.....usc gonna when the pac-10 everyear they get the top recruits and look who they play....put them in the sec and they gets nothing.....

9/1/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1155 respect

Oregon State, Oregon, Cal, ASU, and even UCLA will have a chance to win a game against USC, but I still see at worst a tie for the top spot for USC, the youth under center, the injury to Ronald Johnson and sickalicous 6, count them, 6 5-star recruits at TB!  And the best FB in college football, who's backed up by Allen Bradford a former top 100 recruit at TB, all mean it's likely you'll  see a more ground centric offense this year.  About his RB situation: “We don’t have a starter,” Carroll says. “They’re all starters.”  Which in a way is true the last backs on the depth chart, Marc Tyler and Curtis McNeal would start for about 100 of the FBS schools.  At QB Corp seemed to have a better command, makes reads quicker, knows how to get the ball out on time, throw underneath, and wait for things to open up down field, if no one is open Corp can run, I think he will play as well as Mustain, Barkley is hyper-mature, has the best arm since the days of Palmer and is the future at the position.  The loss of Johnson likely means a more ball-control, possession, slant/curl/flat route based passing offense to the very large possession WR David Augsberry 6'3.5 234 and 6'4.3" 256 TE Anthony McCoy.  When Blake Ayles is healthy he gives them a player with Dallas Clark-type seam attack abilities.  McKnight will also line up in the slot and catch about 4 balls a game.  Flashy Frosh De'Von Flournoy has made dynamic plays throughout training camp, but he does not completely understand the offense, seldom used Junior Travon Patterson also lends more pure speed and has sprinted for USC's 2008 track team, his best in the 100M is 10.44.  The real star on offense will be the offensive line which has Charles Brown, Jeff Byers,  
 
Defense is the true apparent weakness, however Jurrell Casey, Everson Griffen, Christian Tupou and Averell Spicer could all be as good or better than last years starters as down linemen and though DE/DT Armond Armstead and CB Patrick Hall are hurt, This will be the fastest defense under Pete Carroll. They can run. The defensive line is powerful and deep in the middle. Players like Malik Jackson Loni Fangupo will offensive the front 4 more big play potential plays this year.  That will make up some for putting four LBs in the NFL, but the cupboard's not bare, Chris Galippo is a Gradisharesque technically sound QB of the defense, SLB Michael Morgan and WLB Malcom Smith both run in the 4.5-4.6 range, this years front 7 is actually better suited to shutdown spread option teams and quick backs like Jacquizz Rogers than last years.  And now the jewel in the crown.  The USC secondary has a chance to be one of the best in the nation, that plays on Saturdays at least, if Shareece Wright is eligible to play, even though neither linebacker Luthur Brown nor corner back Shareece Wright were academically cleared as of yet USC continues to wait for their summer-class grades to be processed. It's now likely that Freshman safety Patrick Hall, who returned home after tearing knee ligaments, well red shirt as he is also waiting to be cleared by the NCAA.  Without Wright or Hall, Pinkard and Mays are still the best safety tandem in the NCAA, Will Harris, is looking like a future pro:  T.J Bryant, Kevin Thomas and Brian Baucham are all very talented but green but have flashed coverage ability and ball skills in Spring and Fall practices.  The punter Bill O'Malley and PK either Jordan Congdon or Joe Houston are all very solid.    

 

9/1/09   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

until some one proves different usc will win again.they are vulerable this year with alot of injuries. so the irish bears, buckeyes need to stay focus to beat them...

8/31/09   |   johnshirey54   |   162 respect

Every year you here that this year is the year that ____________ (fill in the blank) beats USC and i have yet to set it happen, seven years in a row with at least eleven wins and seven strait PAC-10 titles and I doubt this year will be any different. Plus Will Ferrell makes awesome sports movies, Semi-pro, Blades of Glory and Kicking and Screaming left me laughing for days.

8/31/09   |   raloow21   |   15 respect

Yes!!!

8/31/09   |   beaverfan13

 There is no way Oregon or Cal OR USC. No Get ready for this, OREGON STATE. Thats right Oregon State they can eat Oregon and Usc any day an they have proved it. and thier only challenge will be Cal. Plus they have got the best running back in the nation. BEAVERS FOR THE TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8/31/09   |   coach7   |   32 respect

(Edited by coach7)

There's no such thing as a rebuilding year at USC, USC is a hit factory surprisingly this might be a super year for the TROJANS! 1 maybe 2 losses every year some conference team gets lucky FIGHT ON LETS GO TROJANS #1

8/31/09   |   djjfrench   |   67 respect

 I opened this up just to see if there was some BS about the Ducks.  There was, and they won't win jack never do never will as far as I'm concerned.  i can't stand the Ducks or the Pac-10.

8/31/09   |   Heyhey1970   |   194 respect

I don't think they'll look great in September, but just like every other year, they'll be ready to punish teams by the end of the Pac-10 season. 

8/31/09   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

This is the year for the Ducks to win the Pac-10.... they have all the tough conference games at Autzen Stadium (Cal, USC, Arizona State and Oregon State) and only need to worry about Arizona on the road.

If the Ducks can run the table, they should get a shot at the BCS title game but a tough start to the season on the 'Smurf Turf' of Boise State might be too much for them to handle.  Should be another great year of Pac-10 football!!

8/31/09   |   mjc613   |   78 respect

SC is loaded, and the fact that Pete Carroll named Matt Barkley the starting QB as a Freshman, will greatly enhance a top recruiting program.  Now, Pete and others can go into High School seniors living rooms and say, you can start next year as a Freshman... Barkley will now start for the next 3 years and then is projected to be the TOP pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.  SC knows what lies ahead, they will be prepared for Oregon, Cal and ND.  The difficulty is losing to teams like Stanford who was a 41 point underdog at the Coliseum... Carroll needs to get them UP for each and every game... he will...

8/31/09   |   tpowell25   |   1627 respect

The Pac-10 is going to be fun to watch this season.  USC, Oregon, and Cal will be the teams that others are gunning for, but there will be Stanford, UCLA,  and Oregon State sitting back waiting to upset someone when they aren't looking.

I've got a bad feeling about the Pac-10 and the national championship, though.  With USC in "rebuilding" mode and the parity throughout the rest of the league, will there be a team standing at the end of the season to get in the title game?

8/31/09   |   Pat   |   5135 respect

This might be a rebuilding year for USC. But unlike other schools, "rebuilding" at USC means 2-3 losses, at the most.

8/31/09   |   Captain_Chaos   |   287 respect

I wanna say yes, but land of the lost killed Ferrel for me.

gotta go with no - the rookie QB will be feasted on, but give them till next year and I think they will be stout again. but thats the beauty of the game - not decided till the clock hist 0:00 in the 4th.

8/31/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

I hope Tech can bounce back....I have Potts as my fantasy QB in a college league...that's always a reason to pull for a team....