Q: Is it really a competition?
A: Mustain thinks so: "Until someone tells me differently." But Sanchez, starting out No. 1 with his three years in the USC system, would like to keep it the way it is. Most observers think Sanchez is right. Mustain, and Corp even more, can't catch him unless Sanchez implodes.
Q: How "open" is the competition?
A: It's hard to say. Thus far, USC Coach Pete Carroll and assistant head coach/offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian have focused almost exclusively on experience in the system. Daily performance and head-to-head horse race comparisons aren't much discussed.
Look, I'm not looking to throw gas on the fire but it is a legitimate question. If the competition is open then let it play out, if it isn't don't play charades with it that way we can focus on other things.
At this point I don't care who is running the offense as long as they are effective. It just seems like a waste of time to make it look like an open competition when we all know it isn't. Yes, Mustain needs to get some reps "just in case", but at this point unless something catastrophic happens to Sanchez and then it wouldn't matter anyway.
OK, end of rant...