The "UnOfficial" Week 11 Game Prediction Thread - Cal

Discussion in 'GarryP's Trojan Huddle' started by TrojanHorse, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. The "UnOfficial" Week 11 Game Prediction Thread - Cal
    TrojanHorse

    TrojanHorse Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    5,042
    Likes Received:
    4,420
    Nov 10, 2019
    #1
    USC travels to the Bay Area to face the only team in the P12 that rivals the Trojans for schizophrenic behavior. Cal beat Washington on the road, but lost to Oregon State at home. The Trojans and the Bears are both riding the crest of a massive one game winning streak. This could be a tough one to pick.

    Post your best prediction of the final score for this game. We will announce winners after the game.
    To see last week’s winners, click here and scroll down:
    https://wearesc.com/forum/index.php?threads/the-unofficial-week-10-game-prediction-thread-asu.64715/page-4

    The Basic Rules of tabulation this week will be as follows:
    *We will track predicted scores (one guess per person) and come up with a winner by 'least cumulative variance.' That is, the real variance of each team's guess added together.
    *If two people have given the same score, then the first one that gave the score is the winner. Other than that, there could be co-champions. if two people have given different scores, but have the same cumulative variance.
    *Edits to posted scores will be allowed until game time.
    *If the least cumulative variance happens to pick the wrong winner, they will be awarded "Closest to the Pin,' but the overall winner must guess the winning team correctly.
    *A 'Most Wrong' Award will be given out for the guess with the largest cumulative variance.
    *No more guesses or changes after kickoff.

    Please Observe The Following Honorary Rules:
    -The Cardinal & Gold Rule - Whole numbers only. Fractional numbers will be rounded up.
    -The NorCalSurfer Rule – No ‘Negative’ score predictions
    -The BigGuard Modification - If someone has two guesses in the same post, for humor or other purposes, the second (last) pick is the one that will be used to make it consistent... so try to be clear.
    -The Trojan Eternity Clarification – If a contestant inadvertently (or otherwise) makes more than one pick, the last pick will be the one used for the purposes of the competition. Technically, this would be the “last” pick.
    - The Lizard King Rule – In order to qualify for the honorary title of most wrong, guesses must be at least somewhat within reason. Nothing over 70 points scored for instance is probably reasonable for either team this week.
    -The Lizard King Clarification – If a player picks a score over the above stated maximum, they will not be considered for the Coveted Title of Most Wrong for that week. Players will get one mulligan per season on this clarification rule.
    -The Globe Rule – If more than one player has the same net differential, but at least one has picked the correct team to win...then no “Closest To The Pin” Trophy will be awarded that week.
    -The Golden Trojan Rule – Picks must be posted in the correct weekly pick thread. Otherwise they will not be picked up and counted toward the contest.

    A Season Long Champion will also be crowned:
    -each week we will calculate the 'average' net points for any participant that has picks in at least 2/3 of the available games.
    -We will include all games through the regular season in this format. However, once any playoffs or post season games begin, you MUST play those games in order to continue on to become the season champion. It's sort of like the Fed Ex Cup.
    - Last year the Season Long Prediction Czar was @socallvr
    - This year in addition to year long bragging rights and the knowledge that you really are better than everyone else, Erik will also award a WeAreSC polo shirt to the winner.
    - It's a long season, don't give up. Have fun and thanks for playing

    Remember, this thread is about having fun, expressing our honest opinions on how we think the team will do THIS WEEK, and maybe even learning a little from each other. We are not going to always agree with everyone on our predictions--but this is not the place for calling people out or derogatory comments. Otherwise you may get virtually flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    Give us your prediction and tell us why you think it will happen. On any given week we could be very right or very, very wrong. That's sort of the nature of sports though isn't it? You win some...you lose some. You pick your self up, dust yourself off, and tomorrow is a new day.

    Beat the Bears!
     
       
  2. DaFireMedic

    DaFireMedic Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    8,014
    Likes Received:
    11,934
    Nov 10, 2019
    #2
    USC - 24
    Cal - 17
     
  3. Cyrus

    Cyrus Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    4,661
    Likes Received:
    5,625
    Nov 10, 2019
    #3
    SC 24-14
     
  4. HBsc

    HBsc Points Member


    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2017
    Messages:
    229
    Likes Received:
    261
    Nov 10, 2019
    #4
    USC 27-13
     
  5. ATR32

    ATR32 Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    419
    Likes Received:
    378
    Nov 11, 2019
    #5
    SC34
    Berkeley 20
     
  6. cutlerdaddy

    cutlerdaddy Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    89
    Likes Received:
    86
    Nov 11, 2019
    #6
    SC 28
    Cal 24

    Fight On!
     
  7. zitorocks

    zitorocks Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    2,248
    Likes Received:
    2,612
    Nov 11, 2019
    #7
    Everyone knows the patterns of this team. Herm Edwards told his players to just hold onto the rope as USC would start out fast. He knew the Trojans would fade starting in the second quarter and they would have opportunities. See when the game is scripted and practiced many, many times, you experience fewer mistakes (penalties and turnovers). Once the script has been used, now you have to improvise, plan on the fly, and execute what was previously unknown. That's when mistakes happen. It's happened just about every game now. If not for some very talented (and even some unsung heroes) players make a play here and there, ASU would have been a loss.

    There just are never enough of those plays over three quarters of the game. A really good team, with a competent running game would have walked away with a 42-31 win. Fortunately for us, Benjamin is a fumble freak and they couldn't run the ball effectively...though one could argue that their gameplan for running in the middle was going at USC's strength instead of running jet sweeps and flys which the Trojans are uncannily incompetent at stopping. So, I believe the trend will continue this week in "Mother Russia."

    Kal has a pretty good defense as they have given up 87 points in 5 home games, for 17.4 points per game. They held UW to 19 points on the road, 17 points to the Ducks on the road (who just destroyed the Trojans Defense), and 20 points to WSU at home. That's 3 offenses that can explode at any moment. Clay will continue the trend and squeak out a win, just because we all want to see him lose so we could hasten the arrival of some guy named Urban Meyer. Clay won't let the fans be happy...he will continue to win the exact same ways, lose big to any highly ranked team, and make it to the PAC 12 Championship Game. Nothing can go our way...we all know it and should accept it.

    Trojans - 24

    Komrades - 21
     
    TruGenX likes this.
  8. FIGHTON!

    FIGHTON! Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    465
    Likes Received:
    431
    Nov 11, 2019
    #8
    USC 38
    Kal 13
    Fight on! Beat the bears! Fight on!
     
  9. Ladera Trojan

    Ladera Trojan Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    641
    Likes Received:
    968
    Nov 11, 2019
    #9
    SC 24
    Cal 20
     
  10. GoSC1

    GoSC1 Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    3,598
    Likes Received:
    4,453
    Nov 11, 2019
    #10
    I hate to say this but if Cal doesn’t beat us, UCLA will the next week. They ran all over SC last year when they sucked big time. This year, they will be improved and they may have found their identity. Im thinking that game will look a lot like the Duck game. Even if SC sprints out to a large lead they have proven in the ASU game, and UCLA has proven in the WSU game, that a large lead is not insurmountable
     
  11. TrojanHorse

    TrojanHorse Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    5,042
    Likes Received:
    4,420
    Nov 11, 2019
    #11
    Isn't "acceptance" the first of the 12 steps?
     
    vikings4123 and zitorocks like this.
  12. ConquerorSC

    ConquerorSC Points Member


    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2018
    Messages:
    2,563
    Likes Received:
    1,645
    Nov 11, 2019
    #12
    Trojans 29
    KalBurrs. 22
     
  13. SC87

    SC87 Points Member


    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2019
    Messages:
    411
    Likes Received:
    359
    Nov 11, 2019
    #13
    My prediction is simple this week. We are the better team. We win but it won't be pretty. What should be a blowout will end up closer than necessary with the inevitable penalties, turnovers, and funk that our offense goes in after the first quarter.

    SC 37
    Kal 27
     
  14. zitorocks

    zitorocks Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    2,248
    Likes Received:
    2,612
    Nov 11, 2019
    #14
    I think their defense is underrated.

    They have given up 20 or more points 5 times this season and 30 or more only once. It shouldn't be so, but their defense is better than ours, better than ASU, better than UW and BYU. Their offense stinks. However, our defense tends to make crappy offenses look like the 2003 Trojans.
     
  15. ICEnEC

    ICEnEC Points Member


    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2017
    Messages:
    586
    Likes Received:
    1,024
    Nov 11, 2019
    #15
    SC 33 Kommies 27
     
  16. jiordone

    jiordone Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    3,319
    Likes Received:
    4,224
    Nov 11, 2019
    #17
    USC 23 Kal 26
     
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2019
  17. BESCFAN

    BESCFAN Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    701
    Likes Received:
    1,151
    Nov 11, 2019
    #18
    SC 31
    Kommies 27

    Oh, and it will be another ugly win by Clueless & Company [fighting] on to victory...
     
  18. TrojanHorse

    TrojanHorse Junior Member


    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    5,042
    Likes Received:
    4,420
    Nov 11, 2019
    #19
    I hope to see The Trojans shake off their inability to make adjustments this Saturday against Cal. But based on what I have been seeing...and the way the Bears handled the Cougars Air Raid last week...

    USC 23 Cal 27
     
  19. OCBeachTrojan

    OCBeachTrojan Points Member


    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2018
    Messages:
    842
    Likes Received:
    1,134
    Nov 11, 2019
    #20
    USC 21
    cal 17
     

Share This Page