The Darnold Effect

Here are some 2017 Pre-Season football rankings for you, which show how much the media actually respects USC as well as how the popularity of Sam Darnold (and his Rose Bowl MVP performance against Penn State) rocketed the Trojans to undeserved 2017 prognostications.

When all the shooting was over, USC finished 10 in the Coaches’ and 12 the AP polls. Florida State and Michigan were by far the most disappointing pre-season selections (neither received even one single vote in the final polls) and Georgia was clearly the most underrated.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: 1. Alabama 2. Florida State 3. Ohio State 4. Oklahoma State 5. USC 6. Oklahoma 7. Clemson 8. Penn State 9. Washington 10. Auburn 16. Georgia

STREET & SMITH: 1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. USC 5. Clemson 6. Oklahoma 7. Penn State 8. Washington 9. Michigan 10. LSU 14. Georgia

ATHLON: 1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. Washington 5. USC 6. Penn State 7. Clemson 8. Oklahoma 9. Auburn 10. Michigan. 15. Georgia

SPORTING NEWS: 1. Alabama 2. USC 3. Ohio State 4. Florida State 5. Clemson 6. Penn State 7. Oklahoma 8. Washington 9. Michigan 10. Georgia

AMWAY COACHES’ POLL: 1. Alabama 2. USC 3. Florida State 4. Ohio State 5. Oklahoma 6. Louisville 7. Michigan 8. Clemson 9. Georgia 10. Penn State

COACHES’ POLL: 1. Alabama 2. Ohio State 3. Florida State 4. USC 5. Clemson 6. Penn State 7. Washington 8. Oklahoma 9. Michigan 10. Wisconsin 15. Georgia

 

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Pudly76
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I’m glad it’s over..the heisman hype, the camp circuit taking Sam away from summer workouts and his not developing a better rapport with his new receivers. It hurt this team. It wasn’t the sole reason, but it is undeniable in my opinion. And NO, I’m not blaming Sam, he does what’s expected, but it was bad timing. I said at the beginning of last spring that I thought the team was still a year away due to the line talent and all the hype was bothersome. But many of my friends said this is our chance, and this is the… Read more »

Terrific Tommy
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I could enthusiastically agree with you 100% if I knew (1) that our untested QB play would at least be efficient, (2) our O-line finally gets it’s act together and (3) Carr plays the 2018 season injury free (I feel he is absolutely key).

I’m confident our defense will be awesome.

So let me just say — currently, I am hopeful. Time will tell. hmm

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Just for argument’s sake, I think that while I love Carr and believe he’s on another level,I don’t think we’ll be hurt with Aca or Vae carrying the load this year..but again, we’d be stronger with the three of them no doubt.

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Does that mean in 2019 we will have the JT Daniels effect? ?

In all fairness, I think the future looks bright for our Trojans. Fight On!

Steveg
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I didn’t put much credence in those polls last year, but the hype over the Rose Bowl was unbelievable and the media was in love with Sam. It was fun, but there again, in the fall reality sets in, as it will this year. Lots of surprises coming I think, and at least that is the way I am leaning. Sam is gone, time to move on.