“No more thinly veiled digs by opposing coaches by being called the most talented team in Pac-12. USC is now back to USC. Only took ten weeks!
You may remember Coach Petersen from the time he coached the Boise State team that beat Oregon so badly that Legarrette Blount decided to punch his opponent after the game instead of the ceremonial handshake. Petersen did very well at Boise State, which propelled him to the Washington job, with a lot of help from USC.
The Trojans hiring away Steve Sarkisian from Washington allowed the vacancy to open (it was going to open regardless, because Sarkisian and his booze cruise trips were about to get canned regardless). Before the move, Petersen was actually vetted as a candidate for the USC job, but our athletic director at the time said he couldn’t handle the bright lights of Los Angeles. The irony of all of this is that Petersen handled the bright lights pretty well, as he beat USC in the Coliseum
This is going to be a tough game on both sides of the ball. Talent wise, the teams are about equal with a slight edge to USC, but Washington’s team as a whole executes their game plan much more effectively. That should explain their undefeated record and chance at the College Football Playoff spot.
It’s going to be a tough game for the Trojans. The key will be running the ball and with all three running backs back, there should be some success against this stout Washington defense.
Coach Helton is awful during away games. To win this we have to play perfectly: Limit the penalties, no stupid timeouts because of the crowd noise, and absolutely zero turnovers.
Both teams are great on both sides of the ball, so it’s hard to know whether this will be a dog fight or a barn-burner. If it’s a dog fight, I might have to give the edge to the Huskies (obviously).
However, none of this analysis matters because the game will be decided on one factor: Lee Corso
Whoever Corso picks, wins. Let’s hope College Gameday packed a Trojan helmet and sword on their way to Seattle.
Team Corso Picks: More Points — Team Corso Doesn’t Pick: Less Points
(USC 27 — Washington 24)”