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Weber: Who's Afraid of USC Now?
Have the Trojans gone five and out as kings of the Pac-10, and now it's one and done?
A weekend in Oregon would say that it is over. For now, anyway.
You realize that sitting in 60 miles of bumper-to-bumper I-5 postgame traffic from Eugene and Corvallis back to Portland.
Those back-to-back national champion Trojans teams, those 34 straight wins, those five straight Pac-10 titles have been tossed into the dustbin of history here.
USC hasn't won a football game in Oregon since 2005, and the fans here know it.
The last time USC won a game in this state, it took a team with two Heisman winners to get it done.
Maybe that's why Oregon fans calling sports talk shows Friday were worried the Ducks would be looking ahead to next Saturday's Arizona State first-place showdown and looking past USC, despite losing to the Trojans, 35-10 and 45-13, the past two seasons.
So what, Oregon's Chip Kelly, the new offensive coordinator from I-AA New Hampshire, was telling visitors last week. What's the big deal with USC?
Can't blame him when you look at the Trojans, 6-4 in their past 10 Pac-10 games, starting with that upset at Oregon State a year ago when the Beavers were without their best player.
And really, how impressed would you be with a USC team that could score just nine points on UCLA in a game it had to have to get into the BCS title game?
How afraid would you be of a USC team that lost at home to a 41-point underdog Stanford team that no one thought could beat anybody in the Pac-10?
"He didn't play against us last year," USC coach Pete Carroll said on his Sunday conference call, "and they still got us."
Backup Matt Sieverson, a former scout team wide receiver, said he's ready. He saw then-backup Clinton Polk, now a third-teamer, put up 100 yards on USC a year ago.
"I'm looking forward to it," he told a radio interviewer after Saturday's game. "I've never been down to USC and the Coliseum."
And then the radio analyst explained exactly why and how the Beavers could walk away a winner over USC.
"Dazed and confused," one columnist here called the Trojans, with a headline that read: "Leaving USC behind."
Carroll didn't disagree with the Pac-10 predicament his team finds itself in.
"We haven't been in this situation in a long time, two games down," Carroll said.
On the penalties that have become a two-way hit on USC: Not only has USC been penalized the most yards, but also "look who gets penalized the least -- the teams that play us. The penalty situation in both directions is as bad as it gets for us."
On the fourth-and-1 flanker reverse call to Joe McKnight that lost 2 yards and kept USC from scoring from the Oregon 12 after an opening kickoff turnover: "We thought we had a TD play there," but "they beat us off the ball" and jammed Joe McKnight before he got wide.
On the play-calling in general: "We've been trying to help the new quarterback the whole time" by simplifying things.
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