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December 04, 2005

USC plus 10 in the Rose Bowl: Bush is unstoppable. He runs so much like Billy Sims that it's scary. Texas is tough, but USC is a team on a mission and will find a way to win.

posted by commander cody to football at 12:39 AM - 24 comments

I have no idea who will win (and really I don't care)... the only thing I do know is that this better be a damn good game. I hate it when we get a matchup like this and it turns into a shitfest. If I were betting though, I'd say it'll be a blowout for someone. No way it meets expectations.

posted by panoptican at 12:48 AM on December 04

Even if it is a blowout, the BCS pukes are happy, they got it right for the first time. Too bad, one more disputed Champion and we might have gotten some sort of playoff.

posted by elovrich at 01:21 AM on December 04

Texas is tough, but USC is a team on a mission and will find a way to win. What mission? to win a national championship? Sounds like the same one Texas is on. Yeah, they are tough, and they play better defense than the Trojans. It's going to be the key. Either way it will be a hell of a game. the BCS pukes are happy, they got it right for the first time. You'll manage to hit the bullseye eventually if you throw enough darts.

posted by insomnyuk at 02:55 AM on December 04

I think you gotta like Texas in this game. They have simply dominated folks. Granted USC looked impressive today, but I still think that they might finally be in over their heads.

posted by everett at 03:07 AM on December 04

Sounds like the same one Texas is on. True, Texas is also after the championship. But by winning the Rose Bowl USC has a chance to move from just being the best college football team this year into one of the best ever. They aren't just looking to win. They want to be spoken of the same way college fans speak of the old Notre Dame teams, or the great Michigan/Ohio State teams of the 80's, etc. They want to be ledgendary and another national championship will just about do it. Hell they're from L.A., so they might even be looking for a movie deal.

posted by commander cody at 03:22 AM on December 04

Though as you say, it's going to be one hell of a game.

posted by commander cody at 03:23 AM on December 04

USC and TEXAS, yes on paper will be a good game but a match up between Ohio State and ND and will have the ratings in the Fiesta Bowl.

posted by uzdoug at 06:43 AM on December 04

You still have to give the nod to USC. I think Texas is a really good team, and Young is talented as hell, but I'm not ready to say Texas is unstoppable after beating a horrible Colorado team. Winning at Ohio State was impressive, but the Big 12 was such a joke, with absolutely NO team wanting to represent one of the division's in the championship (?) tilt. Colorado got run-over by a terrible Nebraska team, for God's sake, then play in a conference championship? USC's conference leaves something to be desired, but a team that's won as much as them has to be given the respect and benefit of the doubt in this matchup. I'll say USC by 12 in a high-scoring game.

posted by dyams at 08:30 AM on December 04

USC is in trouble, TX O-line will dominate USC in the 2nd half and that will be the deciding factor in the game. Look for USC to be up at half time but the 2nd half belongs to the Horns. Bush is just incredible but he will not be enough for USC to win. TX by 10.

posted by really now at 08:32 AM on December 04

I think you gotta like Texas in this game. They have simply dominated folks. Granted USC looked impressive today, but I still think that they might finally be in over their heads. Living in LA for 20 years I'll still be pulling for Texas but I see USC winning going away. Whether it's a passing game or running game USC will have two Heisman winners Leinart and Bush (a lock) to throw at Texas. Texas' only hope is if their defense can somehow make it a low scoring contest but I don't see it. Hope I'm wrong...

posted by STLCardinalfan at 10:01 AM on December 04

really now, That was very well said and i agree completely. Also, lets not forget about that Longhorns defense that is in the top 10 in the nation. USC's is in the 30s

posted by the don at 10:05 AM on December 04

Its going to be a hell of a game. Texas has not played against a powerful offense all year, the entire Big 12 had an off year. Texas "dominated folks", who can't beat baylor by 80 or colorado twice? USC on the other hand takes everyones best shot week after week, and still come out on top. USC has entirely to many weapons for texas to handle, i love Young but the Trojans will run away with this one.

posted by chuy at 10:13 AM on December 04

Texas Tech is not a powerful offense? And can u not compare this argument to the talks about USC's schedule last year? Regardless of schedule strength, Texas dominated teams. They did all they could and all they had to do. Also, Texas is probably better on all-around special teams, and definitly better on defense. Not to mention, they score more points than the Trojans

posted by the don at 10:21 AM on December 04

I don't know who's going to win the Rose Bowl, but whoever wins, I'm pretty sure it isn't going to be close.

posted by chicobangs at 10:41 AM on December 04

After watching Texas the day after Thanksgiving against Tech (I think they were the roadkill), I have plenty of repsect for Vince Young, the Longhorn D and even some pretty good special teams but I don't think the strength of schedules compare very well. USC beat UCLA (romp) and Notre Dame (last minute, with a bit of luck) when they were top 10 teams, plus Oregon, Fresno State, Cal and whichever of the Arizona teams (State or U, don't recall) when they were ranked in the top 25. Plus the pressure of the longest Div 1 winning streak in a long time. Texas beat Ohio State early by a couple of points, a fading Oklahoma and a decent Tech. No doubt Texas want to win and can see the school's first ever BCS title (and first consensus in many years) but that doesn't seem to be the same motivation as winning three in a row plus a fourth if you think back to the AP when Oklahoma beat LSU the year before for the BCS/Coaches title. Leinart and Bush want to be in the legend books and go out on top. This will be a game, not like last year's blowout. My money's on the Trojans to raise the crystal.

posted by billsaysthis at 10:47 AM on December 04

"Gale Sayers" not Billy Simms. USC=42 Texas=21

posted by skydivedad at 11:43 AM on December 04

Texas also beat two teams while they were in the top ten.

posted by the don at 03:55 PM on December 04

Did they also beat four teams between 11 & 25, with their last three wins over ranked teams Don? I don't think so. Anyway, it should be closer than last year's 36 point MOV, probably less than 10 points.

posted by billsaysthis at 07:51 PM on December 04

What was their average margin of victory though? Also, they cant be blamed for the conference having an off year can they?

posted by the don at 01:10 AM on December 05

USC has played 6 bowl eligible teams, and Texas has played 6 with (7 if u count Colorado twice). So lets not look at rankings either

posted by the don at 01:25 AM on December 05

This thread has turned into a pissing contest...

posted by everett at 04:37 AM on December 05

Go U Northwestern...

posted by ajaffe at 02:35 PM on December 05

Um, Go Dawgs!??

posted by jmd82 at 10:24 PM on December 05

My Ryerson Rams suffer from a weak schedule, otherwise they'd be in the ... I got nothing.

posted by chicobangs at 11:44 PM on December 05

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