WEEKEND ROUNDUP: TROY FINALLY FALLS, FULLMER GETS OVER, AND CHARLIE WEIS HAS A POTTY MOUTH
- USC's conference unbeaten streak died in Corvallis Saturday, about 3 1/2 quarters after the death of an even more venerable institution: the USC rushing attack. The school that redefined the tailback position cannot run the football. At all. USC has as good a 1-2 punch at wideout as any school in America. Their quarterback is one of the 20 best in the nation. Their defense is very sound and occasionally capable of superior play. They should be a terrific team, but they're not because right now because USC couldn't run the football against, well, Stanford. Their offensive line is soft by SC standards and Chauncey Washington doesn't hit the hole with any sort of impact. Worst of all, they don't take care of the football. At this rate, they are a cinch to lose one more game - probably two.
- I don't know that I've ever seen a team quit at half time like UCLA quit against Wazzu.
- I learned four things watching the ESPN Saturday night game. 1) Fullmer got a much-needed win over the Old Ball Coach; 2) the Cockaboose is the greatest tailgating tradition in America; and 3) South Carolina has the only coach in America who could possibly win an SEC championship at that school. Spurrier has about half the talent as Fullmer, and he came pretty close to winning his second straight against the Vols.
- Oh, and 4) My wife does not want a Cockaboose in our back yard.
- Charlie Weis swears a lot. Actually, he only swore four or five times by my count in the 60 Minutes piece that aired Sunday night, but CBS decided to make it the focus of the story. An even greater concern: he starts his day at 5:00 am by listening to Bon Jovi. That's got to cost him a recruit somewhere down the line.
- It's Payback Week. Time to strap it up and bring Bruins Nation one step closer to the promised land.