Oh, Trojans. (You can’t see me shaking my head right now.) So much talent, so little depth and so many injuries and issues. From coach Lane Kiffin’s issues with injury reporting and dealing with the media, to the distraction of media hype and the letdown of the Stanford loss—to Matt Barkley’s dashed Heisman hopes—the Trojans have been dealt a doozy so far this season.
And all of this while playing 10 players down. The USC faithful like to say “Our 75 is better than your 85,” but as I write this, Washington just knocked off No. 8 Stanford who just 12 days ago knocked off then No. 2 USC. The Pac-12 is flat up insane. Year in and year out, teams that shouldn't win, win. Teams that shouldn't lose, lose.
Anyway, USC certainly has the talent, just perhaps not enough of it. Which is, of course, what Paul Dee and the NCAA Committee on Infractions intended when it handed down the infamous sanctions related to the Reggie Bush case.
Most USC fans knew there would be issues, but didn’t expect them to surface quite so soon. With kicker Andre Heidari and center Khaled Holmes going down (not to mention several others lost for the season such as Devon Kennard and Scott Starr), it is hard not to wonder what if…
What if USC had 85 players? What if…USC had even just five of their 18 2013 commits playing on the team right now.
Let’s take a look at five 2013 Recruits Lane Kiffin's probably wishing he could gave right now: