After defeating Arizona 24-14, USC is now 7-3 under Lane Kiffin. The Trojans have three games remaining, but Kiffin admitted that reality is starting to soak in that the Trojans won’t be playing in a bowl.
Kiffin said, “As I mentioned after the game, obviously it’s unfortunate, especially for our seniors, to have the bowl game taken away from them. I used the word sad. And it is pretty sad. As we get closer to that, it becomes more of a reality. You see it. You look at them. We motivate them just for the remaining games without the benefit at the end of it. So we’re going to do our best coaching.”
Kiffin was asked to compare the Pac-10 this year against the SEC last year.
“I think last year was a great year in the SEC, you can tell that by the draft. Obviously, Alabama won the national championship. Florida lost to them. That was kind of similar with two teams at the top. The SEC was the best conference in the country last year…the rankings show that, the power ranking and the draft shows that huge as you go back and study the draft. This year, for whatever reason, the SEC is a little down with some teams. Now, the power ranking show the PAC-10 is best conference and it feels like that. So, great timing for us (my coaching staff).”
USC travels to Oregon State, hosts Notre Dame, and finished at UCLA.
In the meantime, Ed Orgeron exploded when USC's sports information department didn't credit USC will a blocked field goal against Arizona. The film showed the ball was tipped, so the USC sports information director has made a correction to the stats that will appear next week. Orgeron is known to take a tiny bit of pride in field goal block. His "explosion" has not been confirmed.