But there's that little prize called the Rose Bowl that's still in play for
The Bears are eight-point favorites against ASU, and I'd bet -- no pun intended -- they'll be favored in all of their Pac-10 games except USC.
As bitter, painful and embarrassing as
USC and now
To recap: ASU coach Dirk Koetter named senior Sam Keller as his starting quarterback, then quickly did an about-face after meeting with a group of his players. Keller was out, Rudy Carpenter was in. Then Keller transferred to
ASU is 3-0, but Carpenter has not played as well as he did last year, when he led the nation in passing efficiency. Last year he threw 17 touchdown passes with just two interceptions. This year he has thrown nine touchdown passes with four interceptions. That's good news for
Longshore may not be ready to face USC now, but he doesn't have to be. He has seven more games to prepare for that Nov. 18 test in
USC has another great team this season, but it's clearly not as great as the Trojan teams of the past few years. Running back Reggie Bush and quarterback Matt Leinart, each a Heisman Trophy winner, are gone. So are offensive tackles Winston Justice and Taitusi Lutui, running back LenDale White, defensive end Frostee Rucker, tight end Dominique Byrd, safety Darnell Bing and eight other Trojans who were drafted by NFL teams.
If you're an Old Blue, you have to feel better about a quarterback battle between Longshore and John David Booty than one between Joe Ayoob and Leinart. But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.