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john randolph rogers 2010

Even though I predicted that UCLA would defeat USC in the Rose Bowl last week, I was hoping that I would be wrong. However, it just appears that I am too good at what I do. UCLA has gotten better, and USC has gotten worse. That is the sad reality of our time.

UCLA is not that good, and I do not expect them to beat Stanford at the Rose Bowl, at noon on Friday. The Bruins have Brett Hundley and Myles Jack, and both of them are outstanding players. Stanford on the other hand, is a well-coached, highly disciplined team. They do not have a lot of talent, but they do not make many mistakes. The teams are fairly evenly matched, and it should be an entertaining game to watch, on a beautiful sunny Southern California day. David Shaw is the head coach of the Cardinals, and his teams are always tough.

USC, fresh from it's recent disaster with the UCLA, is actually favored to get a win over Notre Dame at the Coliseum, at noon on Saturday. Again, I do not expect the Trojans to win. What I do expect is that the Irish will pound them into the turf. It seems to me that the Trojan coaching staff is confused. Because of the NCAA sanctions, the Trojan football does not have a full complement of players. That being the case, it is difficult to understand why they would choose to go with a no huddle offense. This scheme, which was successfully introduced by the Oregon Ducks, relies upon a full roster of highly conditioned athletes.



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