There was a reason why UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated at the beginning of the college football season. This guy is the real deal. And just in case anyone had forgotten just how he is as a top-flight quarterback (like myself), well, Hundley reminded those souls that he is just as good as advertised.
Unfortunately, the USC Trojans know that all too well from trying to get a hold of the dual-threat signal caller the past couple of years.
The Trojans got yet another dash of the Hundley experience on Saturday, when the Bruins’ redshirt junior ripped apart the USC defense to the tune of four touchdowns in UCLA’s 38-20 win at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. This was not the script that the Trojans had intended to follow coming into the contest.
This was going to be a different year, a much more celebratory atmosphere than it had been the two previous seasons. Freshmen sensations Juju smith, Adoree Jackson and Bryce Dixon, along with defensive stud Leonard Williams gave the Trojan faithful hope that this could be the year for a USC takeover.
This a much deep USC team than it has been. USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor, running back Javorius “Buck” Allen and quarterback Cody Kessler has just begun having their names floating around among Heisman Trophy candidates. Well, after Saturday night’s performance against the Trojans, Hundley and the Bruins showed they still have the keys to the car in this long-running, inner-city rivalry. At least for another year.
As for Hundley himself, he immediately put his name back among the top of the list of Heisman hopefuls.
We were fooled. We got hoodwinked. We got played. This was to be the year that the Trojans dialed its glory from years back to re-claim the unofficial Los Angeles city title that UCLA has taken from them for the past two years. Well, you can make that three years in a row now. The Trojans are a good team. USC is just a step or two away from being back in the same class and conversation that Oregon and UCLA now stand in.
But they’ll eventually get there. But for now, the Bruins and the Ducks seem to be head and shoulders above everyone else in the Pac-12 Conference.