There are only a few days left until the first Saturday of the college football season and SportsPickle is counting down the top stories of 2009. Today: No. 5, USC.
Things could be better at Southern Cal.
Mark Sanchez left unexpectedly (unexpectedly to Pete Carroll, at least). Presumptive starting quarterback Aaron Corp missed two weeks of summer practice with a cracked fibula. While he was out, true freshman Matt Barkley took the job. Barkley is the first true freshman to start at quarterback in USC's history, and true freshman tend not to win national championships. On defense, eight starters from last season's unit are gone. And now starting receiver Ronald Johnson is going to miss six-to-eight weeks with a broken collarbone.
Of course, all of this shouldn't matter. USC has out-recruited everyone in the Pac-10 for a decade. They should have plenty of talent to still win the conference.
Yet there is definite unease around the program.
Is this the year Pete Carroll is exposed? Is this the year we see the emperor has no clothes?
Oh, sweet Lord. Some of that Reggie Bush money could have been better spent on a breast lift.