So, a nice 42-0 blowout and a move up the rankings, and we all feel better, right?
Our defense is back to its dominating self (supposedly), after posting its first shutout in two years. Our offense was clicking (apparently), as we scored more than 40 points for the first time since the opener versus Arkansas. And, we didn’t put the ball on the ground (thankfully).
A dominating performance at an opponent's new stadium, and we’re back, right?
The people who are supposed to know these things seem to think so. We are back on Lee Corso’s list of top-five one-loss teams. Sure, you can take that for what it’s worth, but Kirk Herbstreit has USC on his top-five one-loss list, too. SI’s Stewart Mandel also thinks we’re back. In fact, according to him, USC is so back that we now have a shot at beating Cal in two weeks.
It’s amazing what happens after a 42-0 win, isn’t it?
Unfortunately, there’s a fly in this ointment. That dying buzz you hear stuck in the petroleum jelly is the Stanford Jr. “football” team, which isn’t just winless like beginning-of-the-season winless, the way Cal was 0-1 after losing to Tennessee. No, the Color Red is 0-9, three-quarters-of-the-way-through-the-season winless.
Adding insult to this humiliating season, Stanford Jr. has scored more than 10 points in only one of those nine loses, while giving up at least 30 points in eight contests. Even their new stadium is no help – Pete Carroll said playing there was like a home game for the Trojans.
In other words, Stanford Jr. “football” is really, really bad … which means that perhaps USC Football isn’t really, really that good.
Make no mistake. I am a believer. A “W” is a W. And it’s particularly comforting to know that our man Carroll is on the case. But I’ll feel much better when we dominate a team that can actually play Division I football.
Fight On! Beat the Ducks!