USC still the one, but there are some flaws
At the start of the season, USC looked unbeatable. At the midpoint of the season, however, that perspective is changing, writes Rod Gilmore.
Originally Published: October 14, 2005By Rod Gilmore | Special to ESPN.com
They have a 27-game win streak. Their star power is blinding. They are the two-time defending national champs. That's why at the start of the season, the answer to whether or not anyone could beat the USC Trojans was a resounding "No." At the midpoint of the season, however, that perspective is changing. USC opened the season in spectacular fashion with blowout wins over Hawaii and Arkansas. After that, USC struggled against Oregon (well, at least in the first half) and against Arizona State and Arizona. Many of us believed Oregon or Arizona State might have stopped USC's win streak. Since that didn't happen, can anyone left on USC's schedule beat the Trojans? If so, how? In my opinion, USC is an emotional team that thrives on the big stage and needs to feel threatened to really compete. That's why the Trojans show up ready for teams like Oklahoma and Notre Dame. It's also why it takes them a while to get their swagger against teams like Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona. They know they can win those games without playing their best.
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