Petros' BCS review

USC is an upwardly mobile team going through an upwardly mobile era. We saw Tennessee have one of these in the mid to late 90's, we saw Florida State do it for the better part of a decade, we saw Nebraska do it in the 90's. USC is having it right now and USC fans had better understand what they are seeing, respect it and stop acting cocky about it.

After being at a USC vs Washington State game with 80,000 plus people, a Homecoming atmosphere, people screaming and yelling, kissing booths, ex-girlfriends carousing around, you never really know what to do when you see them on Homecoming weekend. The handshake, the handshake-half hug, the fake kiss, the awkward friendship hug, the full grinding hug in front of the new fiancée. All this is confusing at Homecoming but I'll tell you what, USC is an upwardly mobile team going through an upwardly mobile era. We saw Tennessee have one of these in the mid to late 90's, we saw Florida State do it for the better part of a decade, we saw Nebraska do it in the 90's. USC is having it right now and USC fans had better understand what they are seeing, respect it and stop acting cocky about it. Let me act cocky and make a fool of myself. Class USC fans are the crème de la crème of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Northern California society. To best understand what's happening, be respectful and grateful for it. Usually one would use the word upwardly mobile to describe a young lawyer who is engaged to a USC song girl, he's making money, driving a Mercedes and acting cool all over town. USC's football team kind of looks like that, led by the Prince of the City, Pete Carroll. Trojan fans now expect not only to win football games but to blow the other team out and that's what the Trojans did last Saturday.

USC pulled away in the second half like we've seen them do countless times. All these victories, even dating back to last year, seem like a melt of the same scenario. Domination in the first half with missed opportunities and the eeking out of points but in the second half it becomes and offensive and defensive clinic of excitement to the delight of Trojan fans in the stadium, at home watching on television or pressed against the radio in their automobile. It's kind of a trip to see and you have to be happy for those seniors and for Trojan fans. It's been said before in the past few years and I'll say it again, now is a time that it's great to be a Trojan.

The BCS standings are out now and the Trojans are #2. Big deal. There are still three games left to play and nobody can look at the BCS. Somebody like me and you can afford to look at the BCS and worry and wonder, bite your fingernails and look over your shoulder at Ohio State or Florida State but, honestly, it's best not to worry about the BCS. If USC wins out, and assuming that they do win out, they will be placed in either the Rose Bowl, which is the measure of success at the University of Southern California, or in the National Championship game, which isn't that bad either (though I can't promise what would happen to me in New Orleans). Let it be known that either of these options are very acceptable for the everyday Trojan fan. Eventually Pete Carroll is going to have to start going to Rose Bowls because that's how you put yourself on that "I'm a great coach at USC" level. John McKay, John Robinson, Howard Jones, they all won Rose Bowls. For now, I'm not going to answer any questions about the BCS on the radio. I don't understand these computers, nobody really does, but the computers will tell USC where they are going at the end of the season. All the lip service leading up to it is just that, too much talk about meaningless stuff. I spew enough meaningless stuff each day, for a week I had to talk about Shaq and Kobe bickering at each other, so I don't need to worry about the BCS or BCS questions right now. I will say strength of schedule is a problem and it's going to remain a problem. You can't blame USC, they had what looked like a very difficult schedule with road games at pre-season #1 Auburn, Notre Dame, Washington and Arizona State. It's a down year for the Pac-10 and, in fact, the conference may not get a team in the Rose Bowl if USC doesn't go and that's sad. The Pac-10 should always have a team in the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl was reluctant at first to involve themselves with the BCS but eventually jumped in head first and has been prostituted over the past few years and cheated by the BCS. I would enjoy seeing USC in the Rose Bowl just to legitimize the New Year's Day, Pasadena experience. However, if something bigger and better is calling (i.e. the French Quarter) then USC would be a fool to turn it down and would have no choice but to heed the call. All of it is very complicated and every idiot with half a brain and a mouth is an expert. I'm an idiot with a mouth and half a brain but I don't claim to be an expert. The BCS system is fun to talk about sometimes but sometimes it isn't. It was coming out of the bye week, and perhaps looking ahead a little last time, that caused the Trojans this uncertain trouble in the first place so let's all just look forward to not looking forward.

I for one am looking forward to the bye week for the desert wind to cool my aching head. Yes, of course, I will be headed to Palm Desert and my most favorite haunts throughout the retirement community. Please do not bother me if you see me. For one weekend perhaps I can exist without a "Fight On, Petros", not that it bothers me but every once in a while I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world and not a BCS expert. That's all for now, perhaps I'll check in from the desert. God Bless You all and, of course, Fight On. Petros.


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