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The one that worries me is the Utah game. Luckily we have extra time to prepare for that game, since it is a bye week, but this game will be played at a high altitude (not as high as Colorado but close). I believe the stadium at Utah is roughly 700 feet lower in altitude, than the the one in Colorado. My guess is the Trojan team will be doing extra conditioning so they can be prepared for the altitude. Also if it snows, I would be also be worried since we have not played well in it or have to deal with it often. It is also a Thursday night game. Utah is a team that should not be underestimated. I think Utah makes it a game, but USC wins it. Any thoughts?
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by mfox100 20 months ago
Sark has something going on up there and his DC replacement, Wilcox, knows how to get his defenses prepared. Seahawk Stadium this year, right?
This post was edited by TrojanWarrior1 20 months ago
Cry Havoc; and let slip the dogs of war!
Utah and maybe U-Dub
"Everyday is a Great day to be a Trojan"
"Unless your the other team"
All of them. Anything can happen in the crazy Pac-12 road games.
I agree that anything can happen on the road and all road games are a worry.
I don't like SC playing on Thursday. I'll always remember that OSU game on that dreaded night in 2008 up in Oregon. I think SC wins up in Utah, but it might be a little close at first. I think SC's athleticism will eventually start to show later in the game.
Washington does concern me a bit as well.
Stanford and Stanford ONLY. In fact, Stanford worries me more than Oregon does.
Honestly with Redd in the stable, I'm not scarred of any team.
This^^^ it's been a while since we slapped the tree .,
Agreed, and Thursday night games have not been kind to us.
That being said... FIGHT ON TROJANS!!
Join the fight for YOUR liberty!
Expectations for this kid are through the roof. People on this board need to understand Silas Redd's role on this team better. Look on the last page of the, "We Just Became the Pac-12's Worst Nightmare..." thread to get my opinion on the matter.
He's a nice piece to have, but I don't see him as a game changer. I sincerely hope I'm wrong.
He is a short yardage back designed to keep Moody from taking too much damage. He also provides critical depth.
What he is NOT is either LenDale White or the former running back who wore #5 who lined up in the same backfield.
The biggest threats on the road are Utah and UW.
At home one team I hope we don't sleep on is Cal. I think they are going to be an improved team this year, mark my words. Their '10-'11 recruiting classes were stacked defensively and have now matured. Their offense can't get worse than last year. I can see them being 9-4, maybe 8-5 and that's with a win at tOSU.
not a road game but..
Oregon @ the Coliseum
- the revenge factor
- big game
- fast quarterback
- their offense
i think they give us a good fight but we come out on top.
Road game @utah.. thursday night..
This post was edited by Doomnaut 20 months ago
I don't think any team on our schedule is more of a threat than any of the others.We have a huge chip on our shoulders due to these bogus sanctions.I don't think Lane will allow this team to be unfocused on the goal which is winning a national title in the face of extreme opposition.We have a major point to prove to the nation.You do not fuck with USC.Everyone will be destroyed IMO.
In descending order of difficulty:
Utah- biggest road threat on the schedule.
Very physical, tough style of play. They will hold their own at the LOS vs SC on both sides of the ball better than any PAC team.
This will be the biggest game in the history of their stadium, and they will be hugely pumped for it.
Thursday night- enough said.
UW- tough trip, especially coming on the heels of the Utah game.
Wilcox will help improve that D, Keith Price is a very good player, Sark can coach and the crowd will be crazy at Husky Stadium.
But they're not as good of a team as Utah and will probably be pretty beaten up by their early season schedule by the time they play SC.
@ LSU, Portland State, Stanford, @ Oregon are the 4 games in the weeks preceding the SC game.
And SC will be coming off a nine day break following the Utah game.
Stanford- their D will be tough, and it's coming the week after the trip to NJ.
But losing Luck and the OL starters is really going to set Stanford back.
Game is so early in year that Stanford's students aren't on campus yet, so crowd could be 50% SC.
And whoever is Stanford's QB will be very inexperienced at that point, and will have never seen anything like an SC defense. I'm thinking SC's defense will create at least one QB turnover and convert it into a defensive TD (Pick 6 or fumble return for TD).
Syracuse, UA, UCLA- all are trap games, coming the week before bigger, better opponents.
Other than that, SC's starters shouldn't be playing in the 4th qtr of any of these games.
This post was edited by USCTraveler 20 months ago
Yep, Utah. It has disaster written all over it. But that's the Pete Carroll version of disaster... will Lane's be the same?
"Dude looks like a friggin rock star" - TrojanWarrior1 on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Stanford. We always play tight in the first Pac 12 road game. All of this depends on injuries during fall camp. We can sustain many of those in key spots.
That game and Standford, are the road games I'm attending this season and only the Huskies make me a tad nervous on the road. Those players will be fired-up to play on the Seahawks' home field.....as if they (and Sark) need any more motivation to beat USC.
UW, will have already beat up on a couple cupcakes there previously, and will feel "right at home" there--that crowd will be insane, too.
The Trojan fanbase travels well to Seattle though.
Not worried about Utah....at all.
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