19.Nov.2010 Recruiting & USC
Landing a big time recruit, Darryl Jackson, seems to have reignited the fanbase. People have stepped off the ledge, and are now wondering if it will parlay into signing Devon Moreland as well. My opinion is it's highly possible.
In town for this weekend's games are WR Mike Thomas, CB Stefan McClure, and DE Rusty Fernando. All three are highly regarded prospects, so this is a big game for more reasons than one.
On the field, I expect an inspired effort. The Beavs tend to play better when there's no pressure on them. Fans for the most part have accepted they won't be going bowling, so the players should be relaxed but also little chippy from all the bad press. It should make for a good mindset within the team. Weather could play a role in this game as well, and the local boys will have that advantage coupled with the home-field crowd. And we know how well they've played USC (especially at home) over the last few years. Dare I predict an upset? Well, it wouldn't be a major one–USC is only a 3 point favorite in the game.
The key to the game will be the offensive line ("no duh, Angry"). Seriously, though, USC has mass on the defensive line that could, theoretically, make life hell for the Beavs. So the easy pick is USC in this game, but the Beavs have a handful of intangibles working for them, and that should keep it close. This has the feeling of a wacky game, with a late score deciding it one way or the other. It's good to know Vegas agrees.
Buckle up, Beavlettes–as much as we want to say we've written off the season and don't care, we'll all be pinned to our seats come kickoff.