Like his peers who establish point spreads at Las Vegas sports books, Jay Kornegay relies on his own power-rankings system.
So Kornegay, race and sports director of the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, was asked why in the world he and his buddies have made USC a stunning 3 1/2-point favorite over Utah on Saturday at the Coliseum.
Didn't they consider that former USC coach Steve Sarkisian has been dismissed after his alcohol missteps? Didn't they see criticized Athletic Director Pat Haden fall ill last week at Notre Dame? Don't they know USC (3-3) is unranked and that No. 3 Utah (6-0) aspires to become college football's champion?
"Well, jeez, if you put it like that...