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http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp...date=11/24/2006

Irish seek to avenge loss to Trojans
By JOHN NADEL, Associated Press
Last updated: 5:27 p.m., Friday, November 24, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Most of the star power Southern California used to beat Notre Dame and almost everyone else the Trojans faced during the past four years is gone.

Nevertheless, the Trojans keep winning and once again have a chance to play for a national title. The reason is no mystery to Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis -- it's coach Pete Carroll.

"All I know is the guy, in the last 57 games the guy played, they won 54 of them," Weis said. "You think about what I just said now. Fifty-four out of 57. I mean, three losses by a combined eight points over that span.

"I mean, if you give me that record right now, I'll take the next four years off. Go ahead, give me that record right now, I'll take a little siesta."

One of USC's closest calls during the past five seasons came last year at Notre Dame Stadium, when the Trojans rallied for a 34-31 win on a 1-yard sneak by quarterback Matt Leinart in the final seconds.

Weis and his team have waited more than 13 months to avenge that bitter setback. They'll get that opportunity Saturday night at the Los Angeles Coliseum when the teams meet for the 78th time in one of college football's most intense rivalries.

"What a great thing this is -- to have a football game of this magnitude and this style and class coming up," Carroll said. "They bring so much following from the middle of the country and we have tremendous following here and around the country but primarily set in the West."

As usual, the Trojans are peaking late in the season, having outscored three opponents 100-19 this month to raise their record in November games under Carroll to 19-0. In addition, USC has won 32 straight at the Coliseum.

Just to add spice to the game, as if it was needed, the Trojans (9-1) need a victory to stay alive in the national championship race. They've played in the BCS title game the past two years -- winning one and losing one -- and earned a piece of the national championship three years ago after being bypassed for the title game.

Should the Trojans beat Notre Dame (10-1) and crosstown rival UCLA next weekend, they appear to have an excellent shot of playing No. 1 Ohio State in the BCS championship game Jan. 8.
"I don't know how to figure the thing out," Carroll said. "I think it's pretty hard to keep us out of it because of the strength of schedule that we've had to play.

"We're going to play these games and at the end of it, we're going to have a chance to have an extraordinary season and if that's worthy of the selection process for the BCS game, then we'll pack up and go. That's OK -- we would like that."

The non-conference schools on USC's schedule are No. 6 Notre Dame, No. 5 Arkansas and No. 23 Nebraska. The Trojans beat Arkansas 50-14 and Nebraska 28-10 in September. Their loss was a 33-31 setback at Oregon State last month.

Notre Dame's title chances aren't nearly as good because of a 47-21 home loss to No. 2 Michigan in September. Jumping over Michigan into the title game against Ohio State is going to be very tough for the Irish.

Weis makes no argument.
 

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haha usc returned an onside kick for a TD. notre dame doesnt deserve a bcs bowl bid. the one significant team they beat was GT in week one. they could make a case for the gator bowl at best.

usc and osu should be a high drawing national championship.
 

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Don't hate me, Cali people, but I hope for the following scenario for the good of college football:
1.) UCLA defeats USC
2.) Florida just barely wins the SEC Championship game.

This would possibly leave Florida out of the BCS title game...and give them reason to complain about it. (USC keeping Florida from a title shot is not worth complaining about...)

If Florida and the SEC get pissed off enough about the title game, perhaps the BCS dies a horrible death...or we get a plus-one game or a series of games involving BCS winners. Either way, we could be closer to a playoff. Look at how exciting the Championship Subdivision turned out just today (ISU barely defeats EIU after blowing a late lead, YSU comes back from 11 down to beat James Madison by 4, SIU comes back from being down by 14 to Tennessee-Martin, New Hampshire also enjoys a comeback...okay, Appalachian State and Montana State absolutely blew out their opponents, but that is bound to happen sometimes.) and you can see the future of the Bowl Subdivision if they go to a playoff system.
 

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I knew USC would destroy Notre Dame. ND has not beat anyone worth mentioning this entire year. Last year they got destroyed by OSU, this year USC shows everyone that ND shouldn't even be in the top 10. When Notre Dame starts playing against some good teams then they may start talking about a National Championship, but lately Notre Dame is like Boise State, even if they do go undefeated no one cares.

Honestly now it's harder to decide who should be number 2. Michigan beat the f*ck out of Notre Dame. USC beat the f*ck out of Notre Dame. Florida lost to Auburn. USC lost to an unranked Oregon State. Michigan lost to a number 1 team. Then its not fair that OSU has to beat a team twice to win a NC when if the other team won that game, would win the NC. USC also beat Arkansas and LSU did too. West Virginia got beat and so has Louisville, honestly the three top teams in the nation might all play in the big ten.

Ohio State
Michigan
Wisconsin
 

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damn right b_ack. wisconsin will prove its worth as #3 when they beat the #2 sec team in the capital one bowl.
 
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