Confident Trojans play like there was no doubt

first_imgThe bounce is back.USC’s dancing and chest-thumping on the sideline may be nothing new for the fans or players. Yet each hop and step seemed more emphatic than the moves the Trojans made in their sluggish first four games of the year.Junior running back Joe McKnight bounces out of a tackle from a Cal defender in USC’s 30-3 win against Cal on Saturday. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanAnd for a USC team that had not lived up to its own standard of play, Saturday’s 30-3 romp against Cal was a welcome demonstration of the Trojans’ confidence.The match at Memorial Stadium was an exhibition of swagger against reticence with USC embodying the side of certitude. And though the Trojans have never lacked self-assurance in their approach, the blowout in Berkeley was the first time this year that the team played like it knew the outcome was predestined.“We’ve known we were capable of that, but it’s been a long time coming,” USC coach Pete Carroll said.This was the USC that television pundits had promised fans – long touchdowns from the offense, turnovers from the defense and gutsy calls from the coaching staff. This time, it all started with the stars.As USC’s starting quarterback, Matt Barkley has had to be a leader by default. But on Saturday he showed how he’s taken on the team image – and vice versa.Barkley told reporters earlier in the week that he didn’t think Cal’s crowd would be a factor after enduring raucous Ohio State fans.The Cal student section took offense and distributed fliers with the quote, instructing fans to make Barkley eat his words. One of the sheets of paper even made it into the signal-caller’s helmet before the game.“I thought about trying to pump up the crowd when we were on offense, but I don’t think it would have worked,” Barkley said.Not that the USC offense needed much pumping up – 457 yards and 30 points was more than enough for a Trojans attack that still left plenty of points out on the field.Though the offensive output didn’t reach new heights, USC still showed the level it can reach when its coaching staff isn’t clipping its wings.“The way the offense is moving around is really starting to feel familiar to us, like the way we did it in the past,” Carroll said. “We’re doing it with confidence, but it’s just taken us a while.”With Barkley allowed to throw downfield and test an occasionally suspect Cal secondary, USC’s passing attack showed it can pick up yards in large chunks.“I think they’ve had that faith this whole time, but we’ve decided to open it up now. We’ll open it up whenever we need to,” Barkley said.The faith shown in the offense may not be enough for those still expecting the offense to produce as it did when Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush were around, but consider USC’s opponent on Saturday before filing a formal complaint.Despite entering the game with the Pac-10’s most productive offense, Cal coach Jeff Tedford looked like he was holding his breath on every play.Somewhere along the line Tedford forgot that he could actually give the ball to his most talented player instead of only using him as a decoy. Cal tailback Jahvid Best only touched the ball on 16 plays and disappeared for large stretches of the game.“It was frustrating,” Best said repeatedly while shaking his head.Even on their home field, the Bears were terrified to take chances. Down 20-0 in the waning seconds of the first half, Tedford elected to kick a field goal on 2nd-and-10. Fans booed the decision as the kicking unit trotted out to the field and weren’t too thrilled when they saw the field goal sail wide right.By the second half, the team looked as deflated as its cheering sections did. Instead of running out onto the field for the third quarter, Cal players looked like they were filing out of an office building during a fire drill.“When you get on them early, it’s tough for the crowd to stay in it,” wide receiver Damian Williams said. “They just get demoralized.”Given Cal’s shakiness, it’s hard to tell what the Trojans take away from the win. The Golden Bears were once been mentioned as a Rose Bowl contender, but at this point they might settle for a bowl sponsored by a manufacturer of men’s grooming and fragrance products – I’m looking at you, Brut Sun Bowl.Regardless of the opponent, USC showed how difficult of a team it is to beat when it’s not stumbling over its own feet with penalties and turnovers. And if the other team gives them an opening, the Trojans are that much harder to take down.“I think we showed tonight why we’re one of the best teams in the country,” Williams said.USC still has plenty to improve upon – third-down conversions still aren’t optimal and three drives inside the 10 only resulted in field goals. But with a bye week on the horizon, the team will get a good look at its flaws.And if Saturday was any indication, the Trojans should have enough hop in them to bounce back from those mistakes, too.“Tackling Dummy” runs Tuesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Michael at middlehu@usc.edu.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 13-5 win over No. 15 Albany

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on February 16, 2019 at 8:46 pm A week after a historic loss against Colgate, No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) upset No. 15 Albany (0-1), 13-5, in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Orange were led by Bradley Voigt, who scored six goals and tripled his previous career high. Drake Porter was efficient in net in his second start, and SU regained momentum in the early portion of its season.Here’s what our beat writers had to say after the contest:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Stats Perform backs IBIA call for new era of data collaboration

first_img Related Articles Submit Share Stats Perform has advocated the International Betting Integrity Association’s (IBIA) call for sports data and betting stakeholders to work together and form a ‘global best practice model’.This week, IBIA Chief Executive Khalid Ali urged for deeper data-provider collaboration to protect all sports against future threats.In his statement, Ali detailed that the global pandemic had illustrated the need for sports technology incumbents to ‘uphold the reliability and credibility of sports data as of paramount importance’.He underlined that all stakeholders will benefit by developing a robust data supply chain ensuring the highest levels of accuracy and transparency.Responding to the IBIA’s demands, Stats Perform leadership stated that it had consistently advocated for best practice standards to replicated across incumbents.As leading sports data supplier for North American and European sports, Stats Perform commended the IBIA for instructing its membership to collaborate on critical areas.Jake Marsh, Head of Integrity, stated: “At Stats Perform, we have the strongest quality assurance and integrity processes in place across the whole data supply chain and have a long-standing collaborative approach with the sport and betting industry, which is reflected by our many partnerships, including our affiliate membership of the IBIA.“We look forward to working with all their members and other stakeholders on best practices in order to help protect the integrity of sport and betting.”Of note, Stats Perform highlighted the need for best practices to be established in the fields of risk management and data quality amid a rapidly changing sports scene, as further US states regulate their markets for wagering.Since its merger last year, which combined the assets of Stats US and Perform Europe, an enlarged Stats Perform has undertaken investment in data quality assurance to the extent that it products ‘carry a premium price point’.Andrew Ashenden, Stats Perform Chief Betting Officer (pictured above), commented: “Over many years we have invested in unparalleled integrity and quality control infrastructure and that investment continues to be at the heart of our operations.“Data integrity issues wherever they originate are harmful for the industry and we are looking forward to contributing our expertise via the IBIA and its members on the development of global best practice.“We have always maintained that collaboration in this space across sporting federations, governing bodies, third party integrity providers, regulators, operators and data suppliers is vital.” IBIA – MGA must adopt coherent approach on sports betting customer disputes   July 21, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020last_img read more