The Trojans are heading North to fell some Trees. By the time SC's work is done there should be a clearing for as far the eye can see. You can bet the farm on it.
The poor tree. It's been chopped down so much as of
late, it barely holds up to a Charlie Brown Christmas. It's pretty pathetic. Stanford's way of saying "We don't take
this whole football thing very seriously. I mean look at our band, for heaven's
sake." Please, as high as the
alumni lift their noses in the air, nothing hurts more than a punch in the gut
by the "other private school" in
Guess what, we hate them too. Northern Cal vs. Southern Cal, Political Appointments and rubbing elbows with who knows who vs. SC's Money Making Power Machine… Whatever, put the teams of these two private institutions with their Fortune 500 elite on the gridiron and wine will spill before the game and blood after it.
You get my point. As refined as we all have become, with our BMW sport wagons and Burberry picnic cloths, there is nothing more satisfying then beating the crud out of our brethren to the North. And beat them we shall, to a pulp so fine the makers of Charmin would be proud.
Go deep, young man. Go deep. This will be the early mark for Heisman candidate and Trojan quarter back, Matt Leinart. SC can beat the Cardinal on the ground – of that there is no question. What they need to do with this scrimmage, ah game, is develop their passing game – of the long variety. Willie Buchannon, Fred Davis and Reggie Bush will be called upon to stretch the field. SC's offensive genius, Norm Chow, will put the pedal to the metal early, just to see what works and just to show the Cardinal, along with all USC's future opponents that the deep ball is part of the Trojan arsenal. Chow needs to bury Stanford by a ton of points, like a shock and awe campaign aimed at the rest of the Pac Then. He will do it with every weapon he has access to.
Stanford enters into this contest as, not
the best team USC has faced this season, but arguably better then the last – at
least that is what the scoreboard tells us. A 2-0 club, that beat a common foe
nearly as well as the Trojans had against a team that might be looking past this
contest to the grudge match with
Okay, disaster is a bit dramatic. Matt Grootegoed will continue his streak of interceptions per game while also doing a little head-hunting for Mr. Cheap Shot and by the end of the day, the Stanford Wideouts will be left out – afraid to go over the middle for fear of being belted senseless. No, disaster is absurd. Probably better said – Stanford could score some points in the early goings and maybe some junk at garbage time.
They've averaged 40 per game; two points more than their Trojan counterparts and Buddy Ball had a reputation as being productive offensively. I say "had" only because Buddy seems to have forgotten his ball when he joined the Cardinal. Being 2-0, Buddy might be thinking this wouldn't be a bad time to end the season. Unfortunately, he has just a few more games ahead of him before he can call an end to the season. The losing side of that equation begins Saturday against the Trojans.
Virginia Tech will hold out as the Trojans' best opponent to date, but the Cardinal might prove to be a close second. Beamer Ball vs. Buddy Ball (no, they are not brothers), with Stanford having a better compliment of pass catchers, a possibly smarter quarterback (just getting the nod because of the school Edwards attends vs. VaTech) but then that same qb not being as mobile as the Hokies' signal caller. That lack of mobility for Edwards against an improved front seven for the Trojans will be the complete difference. Edwards will spend more time on his back than the Chicken Ranch's employee of the month.
I mentioned Mr. Cheap Shot a moment ago – Trojan fans should be as aware as the Trojan players are, that there were enough cheap shots from that side of the field to prompt Pete Carroll into conversations with Stanford's Athletic Director following the last game. Say what they will, certain Trojan players are going to hit the field with a little more on their minds.
We started off talking about the differences
between Northern versus
USC 52 on five offensive touchdowns, two defensive and a field goal.
Stan 17 on two touchdowns and a field goal.