Posted November 21, 2012

USC’s backup QB guarantees a win over No. 1 Notre Dame

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USC backup quarterback Max Wittek guaranteed a victory over No. 1 Notre Dame. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

USC has a chance to ruin top-ranked Notre Dame’s national championship hopes with a victory over the Irish at home on Saturday.

With USC’s starter Matt Barkley out with a shoulder injury, his backup Max Wittek took it upon himself to make a bold prediction of Saturday’s game. According to CollegeFootballTalk, Wittek went on ESPN Radio on Tuesday and said that the Trojans would beat the Irish.

“We haven’t got the full game plan yet, but from what I can tell, we’re going to play our offense, whatever coach (Lane) Kiffin feels comfortable giving me. If he wants to air it out, let’s air it out,” Wittek said. “If he wants to pound it on the ground, let’s do that. Like I said, I’m going to go out there, I’m going to play within myself, within the system, and we’re going to win this ballgame.”

Wittek, a redshirt freshman, has seen limited action this season for the 7-4 Trojans. Wittek has completed eight of nine passes this season for 95 yards, including all three of his attempts for 40 yards during the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to UCLA.


25 comments
lucass
lucass

Irish are going DOWN!!

Paul E
Paul E

Why is the back-up QB for USC the week of the Notre Dame game on a ESPN radio show to begin with? Poor coaching out in LAla land!

boobooki123
boobooki123

Come on, SI. Try quoting accurately.

suprcal
suprcal

Did anyone actually HEAR his comments? It was not said in any tone like SI is trying to convey. However, what SC needs to get back to is saying exactly what they will do, and go out and do it!

georgekaplan101
georgekaplan101

Notre Dame has only allowed ONE touchdown to an opponent all year where a drive started before the opponent's 40 yard line. Incredible.

David100
David100

I did not see the word "guarantee" in his comments.

m.guszak
m.guszak

I am sure that his dim-witted coach that is running the SC program into the ground, wishes he did not make this comment.

LucAnderson
LucAnderson

I don't think ND needs additional motivation to win this game.  Marquise Lee and Robert Wood are USC's only chance.  They have no defense, a quarterback who hasn't really played since high school, and nothing to play for.  Some teams relish a spoiler role, but USC isn't one of those teams.  Historically, when it underachieves, its players start to feel sorry for themselves and they play like crap.

craig1
craig1

To the morons of the sports world who are giving this kid a hard time, get your head out of your ass and actually think for a moment.

 

Was he supposed to say - "yeah, we are going to get our asses kicked all over the place". There is nothing wrong with what he said whatsoever. And hey, if 4 - 7 Pitt only needed a field goal to beat Notre Dame, its it not out of this world to think USC doesn't have a shot.

georgekaplan101
georgekaplan101

Manti is going to be an absolute beast in this game against the school he spurned when he found his spiritual home at Notre Dame. He won't let this moment get away. He will be all over the field and cement the Heisman. I can't wait to witness this.

georgekaplan101
georgekaplan101

I love it,  a redshirt freshman QB talking smack. Just enough to really get the juices flowing in messers Nix, Tuitt, Te'o etc. I can't wait to see them rip this guy's head off. This could get real ugly. Hey Wittek, please make sure you have a good health insurance policy!

cjsimon12
cjsimon12

In sports, anything can happen. USC is not a super great team, but they are not bad either. If Baylor can beat K State, certainly it is not outside the realm of all possibility that USC could win. This would be especially true if ND plays up tight, and self destructs, above all, turns the ball over and screws up in the red zone. That is the surest formula for a loss to a lesser team. You only get so many trips inside that red zone, and especially inside the 10 yard line. If you don't score TDs, it comes back to bite you. ND almost lost to Pitt because they could not score after getting inside the 5 yard line. Turned it over in the end zone in OT. Against USC, on the road, they simply cannot make those kinds of errors. Must play the way they did against Oklahoma.

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

CLOWN COMMENT, BRO!  You know this is all over the bulletin boards at ND.  They are going to clown this  GOOBER who belongs on #PlanetDoofy!

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

I love the misleading headline.  He said we are going to win this ballgame as all players should. The headline suggests that he literally used the word "guarantee" in conjunction with his "we're going to win this ballgame."  That has a whole different feel.  Nice try but this isn't whiteboard material.

donald5
donald5

Thousands of players have been asked those same questions and miraculously 99% of them manage to answer it without making a definitive statement about which team will win

craig1
craig1

 @georgekaplan101  Hey George Kaplan, could you go into detail what a Notre Dame jock tastes like since you have your head up the entire team's ass?

LucAnderson
LucAnderson

 @cjsimon12 Actually, ND can makes those kind of errors.  Two years ago in the Coliseum, ND turned it over three times within the 40-yard line.  USC couldn't score a touchdown on any of those possessions, and they lost, mainly because Matt Barkley wasn't playing.

 

The difference this year is ND has an excellent defense.  Lee will get his yardage, but the Trojans won't put points on the board, and their defense is horrid.

craig1
craig1

 @Sulkaman  I agree with you man - what was he supposed to say. I actually heard the interview, and he didn't even overplay it so nice try to the moron who wrote the misleading title.

jacksonbliss
jacksonbliss

 @Sulkaman I agree the headline is a bit misleading, but I disagree that it isn't whiteboard material.  I mean, think about it: an untested qb who has never started before in college + who has never had to deal with college speed or college pressure saying "we're going to win this ballgame" against the top-ranked team in the nation is ABSOLUTELY going to be motivation for Notre Dame.  As it should be.

kwasserm
kwasserm

 @donald5 Exactly. It isn't either/or. The usual stock answer is to equivocate and say that you're going to try your best or something like that.

georgekaplan101
georgekaplan101

 @craig1 I wouldn't know moron, but I bet your own defecation is tasty since your head is implanted firmly up your own ass dipnipple.