A few short years ago I actually stood in my living room and watched as Notre Dame and USC slugged it out on a hay field in South Bend.
I stood because I couldn’t bear to sit. The excitement had bolted me off the couch in a game that came down to the famous illegal push from Reggie Bush that thrust Matt Leinart into the end zone for the winning score with just three seconds left.
Both teams racked up over 400 yards of offense in a battle of great plays and offensive execution. I’d call it my second-favorite game I’ve watched over the past eight years. Only the 2007 Fiesta Bowl between Boise State and Oklahoma beats it.
But where are we now?
The Irish are up to 32-point underdogs and rising this week for their matchup with the Trojans. And it’s hard not to love USC here considering the Domers lost to an eight-loss team for the first time in their history on Saturday and were pelted by snowballs from fellow students.
It’s pathetic. Kind of like my record recently.
For the fourth straight week I went 1-3 and many of you are starting to pack the snow in your hands. Fortunately, I was so un-Notre Damey to start the season, I’m still above .500 at 24-22-2. But much like the Irish, if you haven’ t started fading me by now, that’s your problem.
By the way, pick No. 1 for this week: USC
UCLA vs. Arizona State (-10, 45)
Much maligned Bruins QB Kevin Craft got a little boost from Dad this week and it looks like it might help.
On Wednesday, the L.A. Daily News wrote a story in which Tom Craft criticizes UCLA coaches Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow for the way his son has been treated this year while throwing seven touchdowns against 15 interceptions.
On Thursday, Neuheisel was in more of a Thanksgiving mood.
"Much has been said about my antics on the sideline, but I wonder where we'd be without him," Neuheisel told the L.A. Times.
I think the confidence boost might help on Friday but more importantly, Arizona State is in a bad spot. The struggling Sunny Ds finally strung two wins together this season and then they ran into a bye week last Saturday just as the momentum was building. A double-digit spread might be a little ambitious with the big rivalry game against Arizona coming up next week.
Washington State vs. Hawaii (-28, 55)
Hawaii coach Greg McMackin is trying his best to come up with ways to convince his team it shouldn’t overlook Washington State this week.
"The Pac-10 is up here," McMackin told reporters, raising his arm. "And the WAC is down here."
Yeah, but coach, you’ll need to grab a shovel and start digging to show where Wazzou is this season. The Cougs are scoring 6.6 points per game on the road this year and let’s face it, they’re in luau mode this week.
Oregon vs. Oregon State (-3, 60)
Can the Beavs win without Jacquizz? No whizz.
Duckies win fo shiz.