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The scoreboard kept clicking tonight every time the SC defense was on the field.
Oh gawd ... you kill me ...
That is funny
Maybe you're onto something:
Reign of Troy @ReignofTroy
Random conspiracy: What if #USC rolled the dice and played vanilla on defense, playing for adjustments + film prep in an Oregon rematch?
You may think that our D is overrated but I think you are just underating your offense.
USC has the most to gain from what it can glean about the Ducks and themselves in tonights game and prepare for a rematch.
USC will show the most improvement in a rematch, Oregon is at the top of its game, USC has the most room for improvement.
And improve it will.
Stop the Ducks just two more times than we did tonight, certainly possible.
Score one more TD or even FG.
Tonight was a dress rehearsal for the rematch that determines the Conference Champ.
I like USC chances in a championship game.
Just win out and get better each week.
This was an electric football game played by both teams. Trojans represented. Strong and fearless out there. Oregon was thrilled to be up to the challenge. I hope we can meet up again soon for another go. You guys like your team's chances and I sure as s*** like ours. We are the better team tomorrow for having beaten a team as good as you today. Thank you and respect.
This post was edited by DuckDude 20 months ago
Yeah...that's totally what a bunch of heavily recruited defensive players would do...not try.
Like LSU and Bama, we are clearly going to trade blows with you every year. I hope the NCAA will figure out that whoever comes out on top between us most likely stands the best chance at defeating their beloved SEC champ.
This is the only brotherhood we share, and even at that, I am not sure I root for you guys in the Natty game.
Otherwise, to be honest, Ducks are still the enemy and moral applauses still taste as bitter as defeat, but thanks for offering it with some savory words anyway. You took the High Road. Kudos.
Yes, it could be another great game.
But to say that Oregon played at the top of its game and USC didn't? That's crazy.
Lee had an unreal night. Without Lee tonight, the Trojans lose by 35 points. USC played their best game of the season, by far. Almost zero penalties, amazing passing performance by Barkley (unreal) and Lee was just, well, Lee. Of course they can improve, but so can Oregon on D.
Don't forget that USC scored a TD with 01 second remaining. They were playing from behind the whole game, this wasn't back and forth, this was Ducks holding off the Trojans.
It was a joke. Every year people talk about how the offense is "intentionally vanilla," because they are "saving plays" for later in the schedule.
I was thinking in terms of team not individual ... there is certainly more room for improvement on the Trojan D, more so than the Ducks D which is playing at or close to its best.
Call me crazy ...
Matt and Marqise were lights out and the penalties were reduced to 25 yards, yes, that is 25 yards.
Offense is playing close to maximum but there is room for improvement in the run game, which did show improvement.
The OL really played well with Max Tuerk making his presence known.
My point is I feel USC has more to gain with improvement vs the Ducks in a rematch.
Fair enough, but the USC start put them behind and playing catchup ... Marqise being knocked off the ball in the end zone and Matt starting out a little off before getting rolling to almost 500 yards passing.
I am sorry because I know I am on your board right now but your statement about potential improvement is straight blind homerism at its finest.
What is your basis for saying the Trojan D has more room for improvement than our D? The only rational way I can fathom this statement is, no I don't think that anyone else will have 730 yards of offense against you again but come on man, after giving up that many yards everything else would be an improvement.
Coming into this game your defense has averaged giving up only 19.5 points a game, I really don't see your defense improving that much more on top of that. But like I said, our 62 spot on your D is going to ruin that average and yeah, you are probably going to improve on where you are at after last nights game.
Hopefully our D will improve because I thought they played mediocre at best (Some sarcasm in this last sentence. I think when clicking no one has the offensive talent in the country that you guys have).
This post was edited by rkeith 20 months ago
Sticks in my craw but the better team won.
I am more a moderate than either a homer or a hater, just ask anyone on here ...
A team cannot make the adjustment to matching the pace of the Duck offense until it plays the Ducks because in practice the O is not playing at your pace. So, just seeing the pace, the blocking schemes and players on the Ducks O up close is an education to build off in itself for the Trojan D. I do not see your D having to make as significant an adjustment to pace in the game as the Trojans. Making the adjustment to the pace of the game in itself seems to me gives the Trojan D a decent improvement.
Once the adjustment to pace is made, I believe the tackling which was atrocious improves. I do not believe the DE and CBs will give the Ducks the outside edge in a rematch if that happens. Obviously, the Trojan Des slanting down and the CBS not being ready for the blocking of the Ducks WR was a big factor in the Ducks running successfully to the outside. Again, I see these two issues being resolved better next time.
JMO, that the USC defense has more room for improvement, in areas that can make a difference than your D. Not to dis your D, but to say that the adjustments your D have to make do not include pace and containment.
That is pretty much all I have to say on that.
Valid points for sure +1
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