As seconds ticked away toward USC’s 10th win of the season on Saturday night, the Coliseum video boards tried to fire up the fans. They flashed clips of USC players loudly chanting “We are SC!” to get the crowd to do the same.
The crowd was in no such mood.
“We are SC!” the video boards blared.
Grumble, came the response.
“We are SC!” the players chanted.
Despite No. 11 USC defeating its crosstown rival, despite the 10 wins and the clinched spot in the Pac-12 championship game in two weeks, there was little jubilation among the fans. In the parking lots and on social media, many instead dwelled on USC’s uninspiring performance, one of...