Pete Carroll is smiling, but not everybody agrees that USC is No. 1. Scott Wolf, the USC beat writer for the Los Angeles Daily News, has the Men of Troy No. 3 on his Associated Press ballot, behind Georgia and Florida.
Wolf writes: "I've naturally been accused of being anti-USC. Would I be pro-USC if I voted the Trojans No. 1? I'm guessing that would be OK. I could see this being a legitimate controversy if it were November, but teams have played only two or three games. Is that enough to form a groupthink that everyone needs to pick the same team No. 1?"
Celebrities — or at least those who can get sideline passes to Trojan games — were out in force. That's Todd Marinovich and Greg Oden, above, and Denzel Washington, below.
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USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, despite a brace on his left knee — he suffered a dislocated kneecap during fall drills — played well, throwing for four touchdowns. Hector Aguilar, aboard USC mascot Traveler VII, had one of the best seats in the house.
It wouldn't be a USC post without the Song Girls.
Buckeye quarterback Todd Boeckman might be on the verge of losing his starting job to Terrelle Pryor. The 32-point loss was the largest of the Jim Tressel era and the biggest blowout suffered by the Buckeyes since a John Cooper-coached team lost to No. 1 Penn State, 63-14, in 1994.