Hogue Report: Fourth time the charm? 

November, 7, 2012
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How many times do college football teams get a second chance?

Take Oklahoma, for example. One conference loss to Kansas State, and the Sooners were out of it in the Big XII.

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Ezra Shaw/Getty ImagesDion Bailey and the USC defense will need to step up if the Trojans are to get back on the winning track.
For USC, though, the loss to Stanford didn’t end its shot at the Pac-12 and the Rose Bowl. Neither did the loss to Arizona. Not even the loss to Oregon ended their conference title dreams. So not only did they get second and third chances, but now they get a fourth chance. The Trojans still control their destiny. Win two games, and go play Oregon again for the conference championship and a spot in the Rose Bowl. It’s actually pretty amazing. You can’t really argue that they deserve it. And if they were in the Pac-12 North instead of the South, it wouldn’t be the case. But sometimes the system works against you, and sometimes it works for you. This year, it's working for the Trojans.