Carroll Likes His Early Byes

By Adam Caparell - September 13, 2007

After Week 1, it was time for USC to rest. And for Pete Carroll and his No. 1 Trojans, that's a very good thing.

After disposing of Idaho Sept. 2, 38-10, the Trojans had their bye week last weekend, giving Carroll and his team the chance to recuperate from fall camp and the first game as well the opportunity to fine tune a few things.

"It's kind of a nice thing," Carroll said. "It's such a big deal to play that first game and then you get a chance to kind of regroup and get ready again. So we've tried to make the most of this bye and this situation and timing."

The break offered Carroll the opportunity to run his young players in a few more practices before the real competition begins Saturday when the Trojans visit No. 14 Nebraska.

Since Carroll took over at USC in 2001, the Trojans have always had their bye week fall in September. The past three seasons, USC's open date has fallen in Week 2.

"We've been doing it a number of years, having the bye come after the opener, and it's always worked pretty well for us," Carroll said. "It's just turned out this way and when we've had a choice in the last couple of years we've gone with the opportunity to take advantage of that bye right after Week 1. So would we rather have it some other time? Now we don't. We like the way this works."

Carroll's 4-2 after a bye week and undefeated in games after a Week 2 bye. Those only two losses have come on the road - in 2001 to Oregon and 2003 to Cal.

So hang your hat on that stat Nebraska.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 03:12 PM on September 13, 2007

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