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Thursday, October 28, 2010
USC-Oregon: Trash talk!

By Ted Miller

The week started with Oregon coach Chip Kelly and USC coach Lane Kiffin praising each others' team.

One word: Yawn.

Ah, but things have gotten a little crispy since then as their Saturday matchup gets closer.

First, there was USC QB Matt Barkley's tweet that compared fallen UFC champion Brock Lesnar to Oregon and USC to new champ Cain Velasquez.

Then Kelly decided to talk recruits, pointing out how USC had all the good ones: "In their two-deep, out of their 44 players they have 12 five-star recruits and 26 four-star recruits," Kelly told The Oregonian. "I don't know if there is anybody in the country who has that. I keep hearing USC is down in talent. We have zero five-star recruits in our top 44 and 11 four-star recruits."

So Kiffin countered to reporters Wednesday: “I really wish that I had good enough players and we were good enough coaches that we could spend enough time counting how many four- and five-star players we have on each others’ rosters. I don’t have time for that, unfortunately.”

Finally, USC DT Jurrell Casey just cut to the chase when speaking to ESPN Los Angeles: “They have a good running back and a good quarterback. Other than that, they’re really not that good,” he said.

Three words: Fun, fun, fun.