USC 44, ND 24. Let’s put up two fingers for victory. But perhaps we should put up five, as in five straight wins versus ND … and counting.
There are other numbers to count, as well:
33 – Consecutive home wins by USC
20 – Career wins by Pete Carroll in November, against zero losses
4 – Wins against BCS top-25 teams this season (Arkansas, Nebraska, Cal, and ND)
6 – Weeks that Charlie Weis had to prepare for USC
0 – Significant wins for ND in the Weis era
These last two numbers are telling, because not only was USC faster and stronger than Notre Dame last night, the Trojans were apparently smarter than the Domers. Our four straight stops when the “genius” Weis went for it on fourth down tell us so.
Another telling number: the Trojans have one senior starter on defense in Dallas Sartz, two if you count Oscar Lua. The “Irish” have 18 senior starters on both sides of the ball. As some “experts” have already pointed out, this was the year for ND to steal a win from USC. And with four of the nation’s top recruits (all rated No. 1 at their position) witnessing last night’s beat down first hand, who knows when ND will catch us.
Clearly, the numbers, let alone our own eyes, tell us the Trojans are the better team than ND.
Heck, Lou Holtz said it himself on ESPN last night: “There are some games when you say, we just got beat. ... Southern Cal was a better football team. ... Congratulations to Southern Cal.” Go ahead, Lou … call us “Southern Cal.” We want you to. But, I digress …
More importantly, USC showed the nation that it is by far the better football program, probably for years to come. That’s one hell of a feeling, isn’t it?
Before we forget, here are a few more "feel good" numbers:
2 – USC’s position in the new BCS rankings that come out later today
3 – Straight appearances in the BCS championship game
1 – Game left to complete our regular season and guarantee all of the above
ugla. We all know the key number here: Seven (7) straight wins and counting …
Make no mistake about it: WE ARE SC!
Fight On! Beat the bruins!