Carroll, USC Gets First Taste of November Rain: Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Posted by Sam Kline on November-16-2009 Add Comments

After Saturday’s 55-21 drubbing at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal, Southern Cal has become a camp divided: Optimists versus Realists.

The optimistic Trojan fan might tell you that this is the worst week of the worst season since Pete Carroll took over as head coach, but due to key injuries and a young quarterback still mired in a learning curve, better times lie ahead. A less partial, and perhaps, more realistic perspective on the state of the Trojans will dictate that the torch of Pac-10 hegemony has been usurped from USC’s grasp.

The Trojans no longer look dominant on both sides of the ball, and their lackluster play this season can be attributed to three reasons. First, Souther...

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