USC Coach Lane Kiffin said preparing to play a top-ranked team was no different from readying for...
Then Kiffin went out and conducted a series of off-week practices unlike any at USC in the last decade.
Gary Klein, L.A. Times
— Even Chip Kelly acknowledges that USC has more raw talent than Oregon. They are healthy and rested, have had an extra week to prepare, and will be playing on their home field. Some even believe the bowl ban and Oregon's blowout victory last year will serve as extra motivation for USC to win. USC should be a better team, and they should win the game. But they aren't, and they won't, and it's all thanks to Lane Kiffin and his "maybe seven weeks into the season is a good time to get the team into shape" coaching style. Too little, too late, Coach.