So, Southern Cal was outgained by Hawaii last night and in the process yielded more yards on defense – 588 of ’em, to be precise – than Tennessee did in any game last season. So much for stepping up in class, Junior.
I hope it’s not too heretical for me to say that I wasn’t quite as impressed with Monte Kiffin’s coaching prowess in his return to the college ranks last year as others were. Sure, he had his moments against Georgia and Alabama (not so coincidently, the two SEC offenses most pro-style), but his boys stunk up the joint against the likes of Ohio, Auburn, Mississippi and Memphis.
Say what you will about the Pac-10, but it’s certainly got its share of very good offensive minds and players who know how to make things go – and don’t go in for the traditional offensive stuff that Monte has etched on the back of his brain. All of which is to say that Chip Kelly’s knees aren’t exactly shaking this morning as he reviews the game tape.