Friday, September 26, 2008

It's Called an Upset for a Reason: USC Falls

As I said in the previous post, I'm not a USC-hater. The Trojans clearly have one of, if not the, proudest traditions in college football. And they have been remarkably consistent in general through the Pete Carroll era.

Having said that, this loss makes me happy. It should make you happy,too. For two reasons.

First, LSU now controls it's own destiny much more than it did a day ago.

Before this loss, USC was staring at a ridiculously easy path to the BCS game. Before this loss, it was very likely that they would go undefeated this year, making it a very crowded pack vying for the spot to meet them in Miami. Now, the path is wide open.

Second, there is a lesson to be learned here for LSU. And you can bet Les Miles will be teaching that lesson today and tomorrow. Anyone can beat anyone else in college football. As overmatched as the Mississippi State Bulldogs will be on Saturday, they are MORE THAN CAPABLE of repeating Thursday's carnage, even in Death Valley on a Saturday night.

That tragedy is now far less likely because USC got there first.

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