Maybe Washington should have done more to get some cable station to move the USC game to last night or something.
Since they didn’t, the game will be played on Nov. 1 … and that’s trouble. Among all the amazing records the USC has run up since Pete Carroll arrived in 2001, one of the most amazing is its 23-0 record in the month of November. That’s the topic of my story for today’s paper.
And, by the way, Pete Carroll (here discussing the UW game, doesn’t consider that record a statistical fluke.
Meanwhile, here’s a short look ahead to the game:
WASHINGTON (0-7 OVERALL, 0-4 PAC-10)
AT NO. 7 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (6-1, 4-1)
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m., Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
Television: FSN. Radio: 950-AM.
The series: USC leads, 48-26-4, including six wins in a row. The Trojans lead 29-10 in the Coliseum and have won nine of the last 11 there.
The weather: It’s cloudy this morning, and the forecast calls for upper 70s and a chance of rain during the game.
What to watch: This will mark the first time the Huskies take the field knowing that coach Tyrone Willingham won’t return next season. … USC leads the nation in total defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense, and ranks in the top 25 in every statistical category kept by the NCAA. The Trojans’ total defense (215.6 ypg) and scoring defense (8.1 ppg) are their best in 41 years, while their pass defense (129.6 ypg) is the best in 32 years.
What’s at stake: The Huskies remain stuck with North Texas for the nation’s longest losing streak (nine games) and as the only Football Bowl Subdivision teams without wins this season. … The Trojans are fifth in the BCS rankings, and their national championship hopes can’t afford a stumble. Similarly, USC is among four Pac-10 schools with only one conference loss so far. The Trojans have won seven straight homecoming games.