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08:12 AM ET 04.11 | "Prep not hype" is a motto of sorts this season at Southern Cal. USC players don't want to hear about expectations or narrowing windows of opportunity or preseason rankings. After being shut out of the postseason for sins of the past, they are now shutting out the noise that surrounds the much-hyped 2012 team. ... "I think it's a special year for our team when you look at all of the talent and everyone we have coming back," said Matt Barkley. ... "But I don't think you can look forward and say, 'If we don't do it this year, we'll never do it.' That's flawed thinking and the wrong mindset to have. But I will say that I think we have a great shot to do it this year." "It" being the national championship.

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April 11, 2012  08:14 AM ET

Let's do this!

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April 11, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Good morning fellow citizens.. testing??

April 11, 2012  09:18 AM ET

Oh boy, FN put up some good CFB threads today!! Razorbacks in turmoil,, Big Blue still sucks,, and the Trojans are mistakenly thinking big again.
I'd love to crack open a keg and start dooshbagging on all three of ya's but i got a busy day ahead,, Its Van's turn to go down to the barn and feed the walkers.
Maybe tonight I'll fit in some bash time.

April 11, 2012  09:21 AM ET
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Good morning fellow citizens.. testing??

Good mornin' to you as well Van...the most ultra loyal domer fan around.

How about some Bailey's Irish Creme in your coffee this morning? It's on me.

April 11, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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Oh boy, FN put up some good CFB threads today!! Razorbacks in turmoil,, Big Blue still sucks,, and the Trojans are mistakenly thinking big again. I'd love to crack open a keg and start dooshbagging on all three of ya's but i got a busy day ahead,, Its Van's turn to go down to the barn and feed the walkers.Maybe tonight I'll fit in some bash time.

You letting work get in the way Van. Heresy I say!

April 11, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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Will lose to a bottom feeder cellar dweller in the Pac?

Not this year...

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April 11, 2012  10:03 AM ET

"Prep, not hype" is a good way of seeing the situation. I hope USC actually does manifest this. I commend Barkley for dismissing the notion that USC cannot/will not compete in the NCAA penalty years. However, his championship chatter is contrary. My advice to the Trogs - Don't talk. Do.*

*Living this will be hardest for their coaches. The student athletes will have to set the bar and hold LK & company to it.

April 11, 2012  10:10 AM ET
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Will lose to a bottom feeder cellar dweller in the Pac?

I agree, that has been the problem with USC in the past!!!! They will have a shot, but must go undefeated to get to the NCG!!!

April 11, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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Morning Van ... "Mistakenly???" C'mon now... your Domers are the ones "mistakenly thinking big again". And have been for quite awhile now. But maybe NEXT year - huh? hehehe ;-)

LOL, yeah Van is living in the past, he's still thinking about the visit ND make to L.A. in 2010!!!!

April 11, 2012  10:25 AM ET

As much as it pains me to say it, USC was the best playing team on both sides of the ball near the end of last season. Too bad they could not get to post season play. See if they can focus and get that edge back to win every game this year. Is it possible yes, but will require focus, drive, determination, and luck.

April 11, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Yeah, Van is living in a van; he's still drinking down by the river.

FIFY

April 11, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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FIFY

Yes you did and it's a good one!!!!! LOL.

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April 11, 2012  11:02 AM ET
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Morning Van ... "Mistakenly???" C'mon now... your Domers are the ones "mistakenly thinking big again". And have been for quite awhile now. But maybe NEXT year - huh? hehehe ;-)

YEP....JUST WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR.........thats how it go's at ND

 
April 11, 2012  11:13 AM ET

You got Matt Barkley - this year's Andrew Luck - a roster chock full of four and five star recruits, and a decent coach. Barkley is a gamer and has gotten better every year. The team will find a solution to its RB problems and the defense will perform as usual. USC is the team to beat in PAC 12 South hype or no hype.

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