Chow Time

Defecting from USC to UCLA is the ultimate blasphemy for Trojan fans, the one unforgivable sin. Norm Chow — the guru who helped resurrect USC’s offense with Pete Carroll, the guy who tutored Palmer and Leinart — is now on the Bruins sideline and should be shunned.

Except, deep down, the Trojan fans know they miss him.

You think Chow could have prevented the late offensive meltdown in the national championship game against Texas?

With Chow in the booth, there is no way Reggie Bush would not have been on the field on that infamous fourth-and-two play on the Texas 45-yard line. If Bush is on the field, at least one more defender is occupied, and LenDale White probably gains the extra yard that would have clinched the victory.

You think Chow could have figured out a way to score on that last drive against UCLA?

With Chow in the booth, there is no way that USC's attempted game-winning march -- with 5:52 remaining and three timeouts left from their 29-yard line -- would have consisted of a dozen John David Booty passes and just one C.J. Gable run. It was so predictable, UCLA was waiting for that pick.

All valid points. But it doesn’t matter Saturday, unless Chow also has the ability to turn water into wine. Or Craft into a real quarterback.

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