Not only does he accept the east coast bias as fact … but he flies straight in the face of the “conventional wisdom” that USC won’t play in the national championship game this season because we’ve been there two years in a row and we lost two Heisman Trophy winners, blah, blah, blah.
Hayes gives us “five reasons why USC could run the table” including John David Booty’s athleticism, our new freshmen backfield, our O and D lines, and our defensive speed. But his last point is by far my favorite, and the one most overlooked:
5) East Coast motivation. This team is two plays away – Vince Young’s Superman touchdown in the Rose Bowl and [Hershel] Dennis’ fumble against Cal in 2003 – from a 47-game winning streak. And suddenly, experts say it’s human again?
I love it. He concludes:
A couple of weeks ago at Pac-10 media day, Carroll was peppered with questions about USC’s inevitable “step back.” After what must have seemed like a few hundred references, Carroll finally said, “You know, we’re going to be pretty good.”
Yep, I’m a believer.
No doubt. These days there’s no reason for us Trojans not to believe. Fight On!