USC With Issues: The Deeper The Better

Doug UrschelCorrespondent ISeptember 6, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye poses for a photo prior to the Buckeyes 35-3 loss to the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Brutus Buckeye was able to sneak out a win against Navy on the same day that the USC Trojans were dealing with the "issues" some of you wrote about. 

"Issues?  Are you talkn' about issues?"

I've said this in the past and I will say it again and again.  USC might lose a starter to injuries, but is he really a starter?  USC has more of an "either or" depth chart than a first-team, second-team, etc., type depth chart. 

This reminds me of when I was working the street gang unit of the Los Angeles Police Department.  Some F.B.I. Agents wanted me to assist them in completing their chart on street gangs.  They said they needed to know the rank structure of the gangs.

I told them there was none.  I explained that a "leader" was selected from those who appeared at any specific time and location.

USC operates much the same way.  Who is available is the question, not who have we lost.

USC was rotating down to their "listed" fourth-team players in the first quarter of the San Jose State game.  They did the same against Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma and whomever a Pete Carroll team has played.

This is an example of one of those "who made the Trojans in serious trouble with his loss."

-  Ronald Johnson (ROJO) was penciled in to "start" before David Ausberry at WR.

-  ROJO, 6-0 190 Jr.      (Starter)

-  Ausberry, 6-4 235 Jr. (Replacement)

-  ROJO, appeared in all 13 games in the WR rotation and started two games in 2008.  

-  Ausberry, appeared in all 13 games in 2007 and started in five.  He appeared in 12 games in 2008. 

Both have TD passes in Rose Bowl games.

Do the math and consider that the WR position is ladened with Five Star high School All Americans.

Someone actually wrote that USC's ability to win would be hurt by ROJO missing some games. 

The same goes for Wright and O'Ddowd.  They both know that their positions are going to be filled with people as good, if not better than they have been.

Listen to the people who call the games, the ESPN Game Day people who talk about the depth at USC.

Before the game, reporters were trying to get Carroll to say that Barkley will start, but will get pulled if he doesn't produce.  Carroll wouldn't do it, even though he had two  game experienced quarterbacks behind Barkely.

Furthermore, Pete Carroll has already said that he doesn't care what team the Trojans play or where they play them.

Pete Carroll has already said that weather is never an issue because both teams have to play in it.

Wouldn't it be nice to hear that from other coaches?  Some of those coaches keep their teams east of the Mississippi for the past two decades.

Wouldn't it be nice to hear from other coaches that they don't care what players are available for a game?

The BCS "triangle of excuses" (Computers, Harris and Coache's Polls) all figure in why their favorite teams lose.

Dishonesty is alive and well in college football rankings.  I believe it to be pathetic.

I write about USC because I go the to the practices.  I take notes then speak with the players and coaches.

I don't write about how good players are at Florida or Oklahoma.  How would I know?  I don't see them, speak to their players or coaches.

I do write about the schools and thier teams.  The fact that this or that school doesn't play OOC schools outside their ZIP Codes.

I do write about the obvious unfair rankings and BCS system.   I'll write about my feelings toward boxing, but not the boxers themselves.  How would I know?

I will call on my years of near life ending experiences and the like, to give an opinion.  I'll always make sure that I call it my opinion.  If I didn't, I should have. 

My varied life experiences has caused me to form an opinion of someone who said he  knows the "most" about depth charts.  Take a bet, because no one knows the "most" of anything.

Next:  Ohio State Buckeyes


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