The guys on PTI, about 4 weeks back, discussed if it was good for college football for ND to be undefeated and in the hunt, and on one of those rare occasions, Tony K and Mike W agreed. ND being unbeaten is good for football, and here is why. Notre Dame is the New York Yankees of football (or the Red Sox if you prefer, I'm not picky). They are the controversial team. They have a truly nation wide following. They get respect from the media that, no offense to any ND fans out there, they don't always deserve. Notre Dame is a solid team this year. There defense is fantastic. But for college football, for the NCAA, its good when the Irish are good, because more people are tuning in and talking about football because of them. People rooting both for and against the Irish. So as Notre Dame sits at 11-0 and the team that has the last shot to ruin the Irish's dreams of perfection is USC. Doesn't it feel like it should just be that way? Preseason #1, vs. the current #1. It'll be interesting to see how things shake out, no doubt. But for the Irish, this is not a USC team they will just walk over. I know, USC has not been the team they should have been. Barkely was supposed to lead them back to the promised land, back from Sanctions to the Rose Bowl... or a national title. That didn't happen, but this team is not one for ND to look over. Winning in the Los Angles Colosseum is no short order. Notre Dame has won just once in the last 10 years against USC. There lone win came in Pasadena in 2010, but that was against a USC team playing without starting QB Matt Barkley, and one that was still licking its wounds from one of the worst defeats since the turn of the century. I'm not saying the Irish can't walk out of Pasadena with a win, I'm just saying it won't be easy. With Barkley playing likely his last home game for the Trojans (maybe not after an injury at UCLA), and a Rivalry on the line, not to mention the new pressure on Notre Dame now sitting at #1 in the polls... USC will not go quietly into the night. ND has a solid road victory at Oklahoma to hang their hat on, but with stumbles against Pitt, and a questionable call saving perfection against Stanford... these Irish haven't blown people away. Maybe that's why they have been sitting on the outside looking in at the national title game until now.
Ok, so I'm making a prediction, for this game so, ND fans should have reason to get excited, because I have yet to predict a bigt game correctly on this blog, but here we go:
ND is going to play tough, but this is what Irish fans are going to be seeing in the post game:
Thanks for reading
-T.O. signing off!
P.S. While I'm making predictions I'm taking Ball State 45-21 over Miami U. and IU puts the nail in Danny Hope's coffin 49 - 35 in West Lafayette.