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USC Or OSU? The Debate Is On!

Posted by Lil' Condo on September 11, 2008

The debate may even date back to the last time Southern Cal and Ohio State played: who would win in a match-up between OSU and USC?

The last time they played was back during the 89-90 season when USC “beat” the Buckeyes. The Trojans and Buckeyes were playing in brutal weather, Ohio State scored with a two point conversion to put them down 35-26. The referee called USC’s coach and OSU’s coach together to confer about the game being called. Ohio State’s coach said that if they didn’t get the onside kick back then they could call the game, which is what happened. The game was called after the Trojans recovered the ball. To make it even worse for the Buckeyes’ coach is that after the teams and fans left the stadium, the weather cleared. So the debate continues, who would win in a game between Ohio State and Southern Cal? We all have a chance of finding that out this Saturday.

Let’s just start by saying, the #5 Buckeyes are 2-0 and the #1 Trojans are 1-0. OK so they’re both undefeated, that doesn’t mean much since neither team has played many games. What does matter however, is who they’ve beaten. Ohio State shut down Youngstown State 43-0, oh you mean you’ve never heard of the Penguins? They’re an FCS team that used to be coached by OSU’s current coach, Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes looked horrific in their second game of the season without Chris “Beanie” Wells as they held off THE Ohio University 26-14, you mean you’ve never heard of the Bobcats either? They’re a team from the Mid-American Conference and are actually pretty good, but their games aren’t normally televised unless they’re are playing someone like OSU. Ohio State has a long road ahead of them if they continue to play like that. Although it was more than likely a time where you know you are playing a team at the top of the polls and look ahead towards them and don’t worry about a team that you should beat senseless, you still have to take it one game at a time.

The USC Trojans manhandled a Virginia Cavaliers team that looked pretty confused when they played. The final score was 52-7 and the Cavaliers looked as if they were sleep walking trough the game. Mark Sanchez may have had great numbers in that game but there were several throws that he made that the Cavalier defense just didn’t capitalize on. Other than Sanchez the running backs did pretty well too, but again the Cavalier defense just isn’t what it used to be.

Ohio State will have a tough time against the USC offense if they play like they did against Ohio, although I don’t think USC will spread the field nearly as much as the Bobcats did. If I were Pete Carroll though, I would be spreading that field like crazy, seeing as how the Buckeyes have a history of not being able to stop it. The Trojans need to get Sanchez to make smarter throws and realize that what he did against Virginia won’t work against Ohio State. Also, why not give the running backs the ball some more? C.J Gable and Joe McKnight combined for only 13 carries and 133 yards. Granted the Trojans ended with 208 yards on the ground but you’re two best backs only took the ball 13 times. I know that Carroll probably wanted to give Sanchez some good game experience against Virginia before facing Ohio State but you have 3 good running backs in Gable, McKnight and Stafon Johnson, get them some experience too.

As for Ohio State there is really only two things they need to do on offense: block a lot better than they did against Ohio and put Terrelle Pryor in for more than just two plays. They need to pull a 2006 Florida and work Boeckman and Pryor so that the defense can never get used to one quarterback.

There really is no clear cut winner. Ohio State fans are going to say that they’re going to win, and if they end up losing they’ll probably try to find an excuse like they did in 2006 when Florida beat them. USC fans are going to say that they’re going to win, and if they end up losing they’ll probably try to find an excuse such as not having an experienced quarterback.

As for my opinion I believe that Ohio State ends up winning the game on the fact that Sanchez isn’t ready for a big game this early. If the game was later in the season I would probabaly go with USC but Ohio State wins this one by a score.

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6 Responses to “USC Or OSU? The Debate Is On!”

  1. M said

    Way to bring it, L.C.

    I still have the Trojans with the win but a fine piece nonetheless…

  2. Aedhelgrim said

    Even though I’m a die-hard SEC fan (except for Tennessee; Fulmer is the Devil’s bastard son), I have to pull for USC, if for no other reason than to finally quiet those laughably arrogant Buckeyes fans. They’ve taken it up the butt from the SEC two years running, and they still talk smack? No, as much as the USC Condoms nauseate me, I have to go with them by three touchdowns.

  3. M said

    I am kind of with you, Aed. I don’t really root for or against either team and I usually just want a good game. However, being from Dayton, Ohio the Buckeye fans really annoy me sometimes so it is hard to root for the upset here.

  4. just2cocky said

    “As for Ohio State there is really only two things they need to do on offense: block a lot better than they did against Ohio and put Terrelle Pryor in for more than just two plays…..There really is no clear cut winner…..As for my opinion I believe that Ohio State ends up winning the game on the fact that Sanchez isn’t ready for a big game this early. If the game was later in the season I would probabaly go with USC but Ohio State wins this one by a score.”

    How’d that work out for ya? LMAO! I knew the Buckeyes were getting rolled in that one. Next decent team you play is Wisconsin, and then whoever your bowl opponent is. Another hollow 10-win season for the Bucks…..

  5. M said

    I think it was a great write up by Lil’ Condo and even I thought the ridiculous spread in the game was a bit overkill and I am usually down on the Buckeyes. Also, I don’t think L.C. is that much of a Buckeye’s homer but more just trying to spark discussion on what was the biggest match-up to date for this college football season.

  6. Condo said

    Lil’ Condo is a Michigan fan (god bless him) but was trying to be reasonable in the game. He said they needed two do things on offense, block a lot better than they did against Ohio (which they didn’t do) and use Pryor for more than 2 plays (which they did).

    Anyone who watched that game probably realized that when Pryor was on the field, the Ohio State offense seemed to have more ‘spark’ to it.

    Would it have won the game? Hell no, USC was MUCH better in the other facets of the game, hence the 35-3 score. But I think it would have made the game a BIT more interesting than it was (although USC would have still won by at least 2 TDs)

    I always wonder if Ohio State would have won one of those 2 national championship games if people would treat them like they are the worst team ever… probably not, but that’s the media for ya I guess.

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