Digits, I don't think I have ever seen a USC team with a defense having as much trouble as this year's. What gives? Injuries?
Well, I was at the Star Trek Convention in San Francisco this weekend, so I didn't get to watch the game.
Basically, the defense is thin due to continuing scholarship reductions. They are also terribly undisciplined. They have extended a lot of opponent's drives with stupid penalties. They just don't have the talent or the schemes of the good old days. I would not be a bit surprised if USC doesn't tell Lane that Monte and Ed Orgeron have to go.
And yes, Barkley is out for the Notre Dame game. A sad way to end the regular season. USC will most likely finish 7-5, go to some crap bowl, and probably lose that too.