Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/16/12

Are we REALLY surprised that USC loss to Stanford?!

I mean, come on!

Now I may be biased, being that I was born and raised in the South. If you think so that's fine, but USC should've never had a pre-season ranking of No. 1. It just should not have happened.

It was a true "slap in the face" to both Alabama and LSU. I understand that Lane Kiffen (Head Coach), Max Nikias (President of the USC), and Pat Haden (Athletic Director), had a foolproof plan to delay the scholarship sanctions.

Sure, you have Matt Barkley, a Heisman favorite, who turned down the NFL draft. I'm sure that after it's all said and done, Barkley will be expecting some sort of statue of himself outside of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Maybe even the Rose Bowl.

With their superstar quarterback returning, USC clearly had their sights set on starting another decade of dominance. 

"Could things get any better? But of course!"

Not only did USC get Barkley back, they landed Penn State's most fancied player, running back, Silas Redd.

"USC is back!"

Surely the AP would rank them No. 1. And of course they did. After a few flustered moments, I got back to thinking. Of course, they're ranked No. 1.  I mean, who else is there? The SEC has dominated the likes of college football for the last six years.

Since the BCS championship game has been put in place, no other conference has gotten close the AFCA National Championship Trophy. Clearly kids want to play at the most competitive universities, where they'll be seen and can compete for national championships. And well, the only teams that have been winning those are in the SEC.

So for the sake of college football, they've decided to shake things up!

"Let's make it interesting."

But again it's a slap in the face to those who know football.

Okay, there was Oregon and Boise State. And well, yeah that didn't work out to well for them.

Penn State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State have been mediocre at best, having to hold their breath at times when facing seemingly easy opponents. Michigan stumbled upon a gem with Denard Robinson. He has electrifying play-making ability, but if you can contain his running, he can't pass the ball to save his life.

Although this was something that I'm sure most sports fan knew, the Alabama Crimson Tide exposed it in game one of the season.

"Okay, we've had enough! USC has to come back! We need them to once again dominate college football." 

The Trojans have tons of talent. 

Yes, USC can put up points. Yes, they can out-run, out-throw, out-catch, and out-tackle opponents... but only those that come from the South Division of the Pac-12, or some other non-competitive conference.

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood if you're affiliated in any way with USC.

"Hey, we have to play Stanford, but Andrew Luck is gone! We'll be good!"

Boy, were you wrong! I mean, seriously?! A measly 14 points was all that you could muster up after flirting with the half-century mark in the first two games of the season.  

This is how things were suppose to go...

USC would be ranked No. 1, and because of the strength of schedules for Alabama and LSU they would replace USC a couple of weeks into the season. USC would continue to win, and sit pretty at No. 3.

Of course at some point LSU and Alabama would have to meet. One would eliminate the other, and USC would moonwalk their way to Miami on January 7, 2013, and compete for a national title once again. Boy, were you wrong, again!

Although I didn't foresee USC losing to Stanford, I definitely think they'd have a chance in H-E- double hockey sticks at winning a national championship.

Not only do I think that LSU and Alabama would demolish them, I'm pretty sure that there are several other SEC schools who would, too!

Although they took it on the chin against the Florida Gators, I'm pretty sure that Tyler Bray and Derek Dooley's orange pants could give them a run for it. I'd take the Gators as well. Oh, and let's not forget Georgia.

As I think about it, I'm not sure LSU is the only team in Louisiana who'd take down the Trojans. With the University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks taking the then 8th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks into overtime last week and winning; then a tough loss to Auburn in overtime today, I would not be surprised if they could run away from USC with a victory.

I mean, we're only three weeks into the season and ULM CLEARLY has a tougher schedule!

 



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