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Monday, June 19, 2006

Can U.S.C. Climb The Mountain Again?

Today we will take a look at the U.S.C. Trojans and their quest to get back to the National Championship game after the loss in the Rose Bowl to the Texas Longhorns. The Trojans have a lot of holes to fill as the Trojans graduated a lot of great players to the NFL most notably their three best offensive weapons in Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, and LenDale White. All will be hard to replace as players like that don’t come around all the time.

The biggest think the Trojans have to work on in my opinion which killed them in the Championship game was on the defensive side of the ball. During the past year they were able to score enough points so it didn’t matter what the defense did. This year is a whole different story as the offense won’t be able to makeup for the defense weak play. This is the year the defense may have to make a contribution to the Trojan’s success. The last few years all they basically did was watch the offense score points and save games for them.

Another thing that Trojan fans should be weary of are the other teams in the conference are getting a lot better. It uses to be a big gap between the Trojans and everyone else. It’s not that way anymore. The Trojans will have a dogfight in the Pac-10 this year as other teams will be right there competing for the Pac-10 title. In some ways this may be a long year for Trojan fans as they have been spoiled by all the success Pete Carroll has brought to the program.

An overview on the Trojans is they will still be the best in the Pac-10 but not as dominate as in previous years. It will be interesting to see how well the Trojans do to replace the talent they lost. That will determine how well they do this year.


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