There has been no shortage of drama in La La Land since Lane Kiffin took over as head coach of the USC Trojans in 2010.
After the Trojans finished a disappointing 7-6 2012 season, they lost to Washington State in Week 2 last Saturday, 10-7. Quarterbacks Cody Kessler and Max Wittek have simply been awful.
And, now, apparently Kiffin is lying to the media.
According to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, star receiver Marqise Lee, Devon Kennard and Hayes Pullard spoke at a players-only meeting after the loss to Washington State:
Marqise Lee, Devon Kennard and Hayes Pullard spoke at players-only meeting that Lane Kiffin said did not take place #USC— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) September 11, 2013
But Kiffin denied such a meeting took place, prompting Lee to call out the 38-year-old, per Wolf.
In any case, the Trojans (1-1) are in all sorts of turmoil leading up to their clash against Boston College (2-0) at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday.
Boston College defeated Villanova and Wake Forest by a combined score of 48-24 to start off the 2013 season. The Eagles will be looking to add to USC's misery in Week 3.
Here's a look at the matchup:
*All statistics courtesy of CFBStats.com
When: Saturday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. ET
Where: Los Angeles Coliseum
Watch: Pac-12 Network
Betting Line (via Covers.com): USC -13.5
Boston College Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: RB Tahj Kimble (knee), DE Malachi Moore (undisclosed)
Questionable: LB Steele Divitto (elbow), OT Matt Patchan (hip), LB Marquis Little (undisclosed), DE Kieran Borcich (undisclosed), TE Jake Sinkovec (undisclosed), QB Josh Bordner (knee), LB Nick Lifka (undisclosed)
Probable: No injuries to report
USC Injuries (via USA Today)
Out: WR Steven Mitchell (knee)
Questionable: CB Anthony Brown (knee), RB D.J. Morgan (knee), RB Silas Redd (knee), WR Victor Blackwell (knee)
Probable: No injuries to report
Top Storyline: Who Will Ultimately Win USC's QB Battle?
On Monday, Kiffin named Cody Kessler the starting quarterback for Saturday's game, per Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register:
USC has named Cody Kessler as its starting quarterback.— Rich Hammond (@RegisterUSC) September 9, 2013
The sophomore hasn't exactly started the 2013 campaign guns a blazin', going a combined 18-of-32 for 136 yards against Hawaii and Washington State, with one touchdown to two interceptions.
Then again, Max Wittek has been even worse, going 8-of-18 for 90 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception.
Arash Markazi of ESPN LA gave USC's passing attack an "F" in Week 2. Per Markazi, the Trojans' 54 total passing yards were their fewest in a single game since 1998.
Curiously enough, Kiffin rarely asked Kessler or Wittek to throw the ball downfield against the Eagles, perhaps not comfortable with the two quarterbacks yet.
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com was beside himself:
USC's offense is painful to watch...2 Stud WR's, 2 stud TE's and they don't throw the ball more than 5 yards down the field— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) September 8, 2013
Boston College ranks 20th in the nation in points allowed per game and has already posted four interceptions, albeit against Villanova and Wake Forest.
Kessler and Wittek need to take better care of the ball or this could turn into another shocking loss for the Trojans.
Prediction: USC 24, Boston College 14
Who will win on Saturday?
Boston College should test USC, but in the end the Trojans just have so much more talent on both sides of the ball (except, perhaps, the quarterback position).
While USC's passing game (or lack thereof) has drawn most of the headlines across the country, it's worth noting that the Trojans are allowing just 11.5 points per contest this season (19th in the nation). They have already racked up six interceptions and forced a fumble.
As long as Kessler and Wittek take care of the pigskin, the Trojans should be able to edge the Eagles in L.A. while being boosted by a strong defensive unit.