By Brendan Loy
Wow. I’m not surprised the Trojans lost, but I wasn’t expecting that. After eight years without a loss by more than a touchdown — a streak dating to when I was a junior at USC — we lose to the Ducks by twenty-seven?! Holy cow.
Putting it another way… Oregon beat USC by a wider margin than Notre Dame’s over Wazzu. WTF?
So: the no-blowout-losses streak is over. The Pac-10 championship streak is almost certainly over. The BCS bowl streak? We’ll see. It’s still not impossible USC gets an at-large berth at 10-2, notwithstanding the ugliness of this loss; they’d be eligible, but whether they’d get picked would depend on who they’re up against. They’re certainly in a weaker position than I anticipated. Holiday Bowl, here we come?
Meanwhile, it’ll be fascinating to see what the pollsters do with Oregon… and with Boise State. Although, with Alabama, Florida, Texas and Iowa all stubbornly refusing to lose, it may not matter. This is looking more and more like one of those rare seasons in which two undefeated teams actually meet for the BCS title, and the positioning among one-loss teams (and unbeaten mid-majors) becomes purely academic.
Beat the Sun Devils.