Virginia vs. USC's unsettled QBs - Trojans win

August, 19, 2008
8/19/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Let's keep it real.

Even if USC quarterback Mark Sanchez doesn't play against Virginia, the Trojans still win the quarterback battle, and in turn, should win this game.

By a lot.

While Al Groh and his Secret Society of Quarterbacks have spent all summer making sure the Cavaliers' starter for their Aug. 30 season opener against Southern California remains a mystery, one thing remains certain -- none of them have the starting experience of USC's quarterbacks.

And Sanchez only has three starts.

His backup, third-year sophomore Mitch Mustain, started eight games two years ago as a freshman at Arkansas.

Groh's options include Peter Lalich, a sophomore who played in eight games last season behind Jameel Sewell; Scott Deke, who hasn't thrown a pass in a college game, or Marc Verica, who hasn't seen the field on a Saturday yet.

The only way something crazy in this game happens is if USC looks past Virginia to Ohio State.

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