Quick hitters: McNeal impresses

They're only opinions, but at least they're all mine:

• Every time USC plays Arizona State, I can't help but wonder how different things would be if Dennis Erickson had said yes, instead of no, when offered the Trojans' football job just before Pete Carroll took over.

• Must be strange for Erickson this week, with his team actually favored by two points over the Trojans. Clearly, the oddsmakers don't believe in this USC team yet.