On September 13, 2008, The Ohio State University Buckeyes will march into the LA Coliseum to battle the USC Trojans.
But six months before the anticipated showdown between the top two teams in the NCAA over the past 6 years, the smack talk has started. Mitch Mustain, the former Arkansas transfer, decided to take the first shot in the Los Angeles Times.
Q: Who would you like to play if you won the job and led USC to the national championship game?
A: Oh man, that's easy. Florida. I think that there's a lot of other teams and I think everybody's kind of sick to death of hearing about the other teams. We play one of them this year. . . . Florida, at least the way I've seen it, has been I guess you could say our equivalent, not in the sense they've had our history in the last five or six years, just in the fact that they're the big team. They're the sexy team in the East. On the East Coast they're it. You've got Tim Tebow; they're loaded. They're young like we are. I just think it would be a great matchup for the two of us. Eventually, if not this next year, two or three years down the road would be awesome.
Los Angeles Times
Mitch Mustain, however, appears to be throwing more stones in the paper than he will be footballs during the actual matchup. Right now, he's Pete Carroll's left hand man and backup to Mark Sanchez. The simple fact that he picked and played at Arkansas under Houston Nutt puts his decision making ability in question.
And that's the beauty of the statement. What does he have to lose? USC wins, "I was right". Ohio State wins, "I should have started". Kudos though, for the balls to talk smack in the age of political correctness. My guess would be that USC has a higher ranking and is the favorite at home.
It takes a brave soul to sit on the USC bench and talk about how everyone is "kind of sick to death of hearing about he other teams" since SoCal is kind of the king of the roost.
What we know for sure is that September 13, 2008 marks the first time that USC will be able to take a shot at knocking off Ohio State. Why not the other way around.
- It was supposed to be Ohio State v. USC in 2006, before the Trojans fell to UCLA in a West Virginia-esque 13-9 loss (after losing to Oregon State earlier in the season).
- It was supposed to be Ohio State v. USC in 2007, before the Trojans fell to Stanford at home (the same Stanford team that went on to lose to Notre Dame).
Meanwhile, James Laurinaitis could not be reached for comment. However, we assume that he will be doing his best to get through Sanchez to get to Mustain.