October 1, 2006

Road Warriors

The Trojans took their rebuilt show on the road for the third time in four games and emerged victorious up on the Palouse. The fans were going crazy in a sold-out Martin Statium, creating a challenging environment for No. 2 team in the country. The Cougars defended their turf admirably, but the athletes of USC proved to be too much for Washington State to overcome.

It was the second victory in a row against an inspired conference foe on the road, but the meager offensive production has Trojan fans pulling out their hair in frustration.

Relax people, the situation is much better than you think.

Sure, three or four touchdowns used to be a pretty decent quarter for this team, not an entire game.

But consider this. Besides losing more players to the NFL draft than anyone, the Trojans have also lost their two best defenders and their top offensive player to injury. They played three of their first four games on the road and faced two tough out of conference foes with a combined record of 7-2 so far (the two losses coming against USC of course).

No other AP top-10 team has played three road games. In fact, five of those top-10 teams have played five road games combined.

So before you throw this team under the bus, take a step back and get some perspective on the first trimester of the 2006 season.

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